28th July 2017

Made In Essex

I now have a few prints for sale over at the Made In Essex store.

9th July 2017

Village Green

This weekend I tried my hand at some band photography (something new to me), as part of the official photography team at the Village Green festival in Essex. The event is run by Metal, a local arts charity funded by the local borough council and Arts Council England.

Kate Nash


Primo Nelson

Get Cape Wear Cape Fly

10th June 2017

Leigh Art Trail

All this week (10th-17th June) I’m exhibiting work from my Essex Chronicles project at the Book Inn / Cake Bar in Leigh-on-Sea, as part of the 20th anniversary of the Leigh Art Trail. Comprising over 80 artists at 52 venues across the town, it’s run by a non-profit community organisation showcasing the work of local Essex artists of all genres.

Leigh Art Trail

Venue details: Venue 43, The Book Inn, 49 Broadway West, SS9 2BX.

May 2017

Bud To Bloom

One of my portraits is published in the spring issue of Trawler magazine, available now.

9th May 2017

The Story Portrait

I'm really happy to have been invited by Margaret Mitchell to feature on her Story Portrait website this week. The idea is that featured photographers pick their favourite portrait and tell the story behind it, and I've chosen this image from my ongoing Essex Chronicles series.

March 2017


I have a few images featured on Loupe magazine's Instagram this week.

12th January 2107


I've published a short piece about Essex Chronicles on Medium.

25th September 2016


Some of my portraits from this summer’s Village Green festival are published this week in the latest copy of community newspaper Trawler - you can pick up a free copy in cafés / libraries etc around the Leigh-on-Sea / Southend area. Trawler is a crowdsourced Made In Leigh publication put together by local creatives, with a focus on local issues and the arts.

9th September 2016

Essex Chronicles

Earlier this year I started on a new series documenting the Essex estuary where I grew up. I hope it will be a long-term project and I intend to show how the coastline interacts with the local population, architecture, industry, leisure and nature that sits along it.

Traditional landscapes or seascapes are not really my thing, so I’m using my eye to come up with my own interpretation. My preferred way of working is to go out early in the mornings when it’s quieter and the light is softer.

The current edit is here, and more frequent images are posted to my Instagram

22nd June 2016


I set up my free 'pop-up portrait studio' at the Village Green festival in Southend again a couple of weeks ago. This is the second year I've done it and I came away with a nice little gallery of portraits. It was a fun day and to top it all there was a great set by Billy Bragg in the evening.

17th April 2016

Sea Swimming

This week I have some images published in issue 2 of Trawler, a community-generated tabloid newsprint paper. It's produced by a collective of writers, designers, photographers and other creatives based in and around Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, and published by Made In Leigh

My images are part of a collaboration with writer Paige Ockendon, for a story about Southend's Open Swimming Group who brave all weathers to swim in the Thames estuary. Paige has posted a great video of the swimmers here.

Trawler can be found in local cafés and businesses around the Southend area.

20th November 2015

Portrait Salon

I am excited to have a portrait (of my daughter) on display at this year's Portrait Salon. Now in its 5th year, Portrait Salon aims to showcase the best of the rejected images from the Taylor Wessing Prize, which is organised annually by the National Portrait Gallery.

If you are in between London 19th and 22nd November, please pop in and have a look! You can vote for your favourite 3 portraits on display, and there's also this very clever sticker book available so you can curate your own catalogue from all the portraits exhibited. It's at the Embassy Tea Gallery, Union Street SE1 0LN (near Southwark station).

29th June 2015

Pop-up Portrait Studio

A couple of weeks ago I set up a free portrait 'studio' at my local music and arts festival, Village Green, at Chalkwell Park in Southend, Essex. I'd never done anything like this before but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a long day but I picked up a lot of ideas for making it work better for me next time. There's a gallery of my favourite images here

19th June 2015

Family Portraits

I'm used to photographing my own two daughters but recently I've found myself shooting a few portraits of other families. So please bear me in mind if you know anyone in the south east Essex area that might be interested in a commission - I can be contacted at markjmassey@gmail.com

Featured Online

Street Annotations on Despite The Illusion.

Surveillance on The Printspace blog.

Death of the City on Londonist. Also featured on Londonist Behind The Lens.

Street photography on The Art of Creative Photography.

30th November 2014

The Swap

This week I'm featured on The Swap, an ongoing project curated by Stuart Pilkington. The idea is simply to team up with another photographer, and take portraits of each other - being as simple or as elaborate, as literal or as abstract as you like.

My 'swap' is Kirsty Mackay, a portrait and documentary photographer from Bristol. We didn't know each other but I approached her because I was a fan of her work - happily she was keen to participate and we met up in August. We agreed not to show each other our portraits until they went 'live' on the website. There's more background information here.

This is actually the second time I've contributed to the project. In late 2013 I 'swapped' with Richard Stern, whom I’d met a couple of times via Photo-Forum in London. As Richard is a street photographer I chose to portray him in his ‘natural environment’, on the street. For the return portrait, Richard photographed me in a camera store.

In the past I've also contributed to another of Stuart's projects, Book Film Painting. Over 100 photographers took part, and each submitted an image inspired by either a book, a film, or a painting. My submission was inspired by the book 'Sense and Sensibility', by Jane Austen. I contacted Sam and Sarah, self-confessed Austen fans from Rochester, Kent, after reading an article about Austen enthusiasts in one of the Sunday supplements, and they agreed to be photographed for the project.

7th November 2014

Street Portraits

Some random street portraits, from an Owen Harvey workshop I participated in this week, organised by arts charity IdeasTap. We spent the morning on studio portraits and the afternoon on street portraits. I asked lots of strangers to pose - half said ‘yes’ and half said ‘no’, so it was an interesting exercise.


Some of the past exhibitions I've been involved in:

April 2014: Photocopy Club, Berlin
May 2011: Westcliff Art Trail, Essex 
June/July 2010: Harry’s Bar, Westcliff-on-Sea
May 2010: Westcliff Art Trail, Essex
July 2009: Sunny 16, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

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