Melted ice cream isn’t usually something to celebrate but New Jersey photographer Michael Massaia has turned lemons into lemonade. His photo series Transmogrify was inspired by melting ice cream and showcases a variety of colors, textures and shapes that are simply mesmerizing.
“Photographed as unaltered long exposures of naturally melting ice cream shot with available light, they are at once whimsical and cosmic. Encompassing the widest range of interpretation as imagery from deep space photography down to the photo microscopic, they become colorful, graphically striking contemporary Rorschachs!,” the photographer expressed via a press release.
The photographer’s childhood, he explains, was marked in part by an acute misperception of his surroundings. Ordinary objects at times appeared to him as something entirely foreign, a phenomenon that he describes both as seductive and frightening. Decades later, Massaia, now thirty-six, employs the innocent figure of the ice cream bar to express the ways in which our youths, though often looked upon with nostalgia and sentimentality, are sometimes tinged with moments of darkness, confusion, and alienation.
The Beauty of Melting Ice Cream by Photographer Michael Massaia: