Fine art photographer Michael Massaia just completed this series entitled It’s in the Leaving, a project he started in 2012 focusing on the last pay phones in New York City. Just looking at the images makes me realize how technology advances so fast and what was once a vital form of communication is now hugely neglected while for others a source of amusement.
These last standing phones have an almost tragic/operatic/romantic way about them. To me they kind of act as totems to better times. It’s very odd because nobody ever uses them, and the ones that are left rarely function or have a dial tone, yet there is still proof of life inside each one marked by empty liquor bottles, tossed flowers, notes, etc.
See more of Michael Massaia’s work at his website.