Within the trucking community, the phrase "seeing the black dog" is used to describe hallucinations that occur as a result of sleep deprivation. When an wheeler's engine fell silent and the trucker climbed into the cab to slumber, Massaia would haul his pound large-format camera from the bushes, close in, and capture the moment "the dogs melt away. Massaia grew up in New Jersey and much of his work — including that of dormant fairgrounds — is influenced by childhood memories. He remembers watching from the back seat of the car the constant movement and hectic industry of the Garden State. He had always thought of truck stops as places that are part of a larger romantic notion of the open road, but it took him a long time to figure out how to shoot them.
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Climbing up into the seat of her first big rig truck, author Anne Balay felt powerful instead of angry. Semis tower menacingly above all other vehicles. Even with a Ph. While stitching together adjunct gigs, Balay found herself broke. With two small kids to look after, she needed steady employment.