19th July 2022

Essexism exhibition

I am very pleased to announce that my Essexism portrait project will be exhibited at Twenty One in Southend-on-Sea, from 7th August until mid-September. Then later in the year, from 11th to 18th October, it will also be on show at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Please pop along to either and support your local community and creative arts - entry free.

Twenty One is a community and creative café venue on Southend seafront (close to the pier). Working in partnership with Focal Point Gallery, the venue showcases art, music and performance, complemented with delicious food and drink, including coffee, cakes and stone-baked pizza. Unit 21, Pier Approach, Western Esplanade SS1 2EH.

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is a vibrant regional theatre with a rich heritage, working in Essex and outer East London. It actively supports local and working class performers and artists. Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT.

21st March 2022

Black River

My Essexism project is featured in issue 2 of Black River, an online journal founded and edited by Ameena Rojee. Read it here.

6th February 2022


On most Saturday mornings I take part in my local Parkrun - a 5km, free, weekly, community event held at locations around the country. Being injured this past month has given me a good opportunity to volunteer as official photographer. These are from a particularly foggy Southend Parkrun last month.

19th January 2022

Essex Feminist Forum

Some of my portraits are currently on display at the Beecroft Gallery in Southend, as part of Snapping the Stiletto’s ‘Essex Feminism Forum’. The exhibition highlights traditional Chinese costumes from different ethnic groups, with the portraits displayed alongside the costumes themselves. In collaboration with Simone Xue and the Colchester Chinese Culture Society (CCCS). On display until Sunday 23rd January.

More about the exhibition: Snapping the Stiletto connects with local groups to collect the histories of under-represented and inspirational women in Essex. They met with women from the CCCS to talk about their lives in China, the traditions they were brought up with, and their lives here in Essex. All of the women involved in this exhibition are from a different ethnic group - each chose to showcase their cultures by displaying their traditional costumes and sharing their stories.

3rd January 2022

Print Store

I've recently updated my print store - 14 different high-quality photographic prints now available from £30. All are taken from past projects and show scenes from the Southend area. Check out the selection here and treat yourself!

25th November 2021

Essexism publication

After two Covid-hit years working on the project, I've finally designed and produced an A5, 136-page publication featuring all 67 portraits from my Essexism series. Available now from my store, £11 plus postage. Proceeds will hopefully go towards prints for a small exhibition next year.

10th July 2021

New Town Portraits

Last month I undertook a five-week project in Basildon town centre, documenting 'real people' with a series of portraits. Almost 250 people were photographed, and later this month I'll be publishing a free newsprint publication featuring an edit of all the images. All participants were encouraged to collect their print for free at the end of the project.

The project was part of Open Lab, a programme of arts events produced by Basildon Creative People And Places, with support from Arts Council England, Basildon Council, Eastgate Basildon and others. One of the most satisfying parts of the project was the sense of community, meeting people and hearing their stories.

There's a selection of the resulting portraits here.

25th May 2021

Chinese Stories and Costumes

I've recently worked with the Colchester Chinese Cultural Society and Snapping the Stiletto, on a project called "Chinese Stories and Costumes". The resulting portraits are being shown in Colchester all this week, on display alongside traditional Chinese costumes at 4-5 Trinity Square, Colchester CO1 1JR.

Each of the Essex-based women photographed are from a different ethnic group. There are 56 ethnic minorities in China, each with its own unique culture.

13th May 2021

Estuary Associated Programme

I had been planning on pasting up some of these posters from my Crowstone project, as part of the Estuary 2021 festival Associated Programme. Some last minute red tape unfortunately put paid to it, however the organisers have kindly listed it as an online exhibition.

The festival runs from 22nd May to 13th June, on both the Kent and Essex sides of the Thames estuary - check out the full programme here.

5th April 2021

New Town Portraits / Open Lab

Very excited to be able to announce that I'm going to part of the Open Lab programme in Basildon, for five weeks from 21st May. The programme is being run by Basildon Creative People and Places (with funding from Arts Council England) with the aim of engaging and involving the local community in cultural activities in the borough. My project will be one of seven, each taking over a vacant unit across Basildon town centre for the six week period.

I'll be setting up a 'pop-up studio and gallery', photographing real 'Basildonians', documenting a moment in time and highlighting the rich diversity of the town and its residents and visitors.

Watch this space for more details!


21st March 2021

Map 6 / Inhabited Spaces

Many thanks to the photography collective MAP6 for including my 'Essex Chronicles' series as a guest feature in their 'Inhabited Spaces' theme. My project, about human interaction along the Thames estuary, was from a couple of years back now so it was great to re-visit it.

MAP6 is a group of 10 photographers working together to learn, experiment and make new work about the complex relationship between people and place.

19th December 2020

The Crowstone

Just over a year ago I started a project documenting the Crowstone, a well-known local landmark, over the changing tides and seasons. Little did I know that COVID-19 would strike and my visits to the stone would become the destination for my daily walks during lockdown. Each time I try to see it from a new perspective. The work in progress can be seen here.

9th December 2020

Essex Girl

Some good news this week relating to one of the themes of my 'Essexism' project... the term 'Essex Girl' has been dropped by the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, following a campaign by the Essex Girls Liberation Front.

The BBC have featured my project again, with comment on the dropping of the dictionary definition from three of my participants, Sadie Hasler, Becky Scott and Syd Moore.

More here.

Maddie Balcombe has also covered the story, with 'A Good Time to be an Essex Girl', on her blog, here.

9th October 2020

Design work

I've recently updated my design page to include some new work I did with Kinetika in Purfleet-on-Thames. The project included a rebrand, the design of nine exhibition displays, photo book and associated printed matter.

I'm available for all kinds of print design work - contact details are on the page. And of course I am also available for photographic commissions.

29th September 2020

Editorial commissions

I've added a new page of recent editorial and location commissions, here. These include environmental portraits and a shoot for All Risks Taken Apparel, a new t-shirt start-up company. I'm available now for commission - contact details on my About page.

2nd September 2020

AP magazine

Delighted to see a feature about my 'Essexism' portrait project in this week's issue of Amateur Photographer magazine. Many thanks to Amy Davies for the interview.

Also last week I was interviewed by Andra Maciuca for an article which appeared in the Saffron Walden Reporter.

16th August 2020

MAP6 / Essex 2020

Many thanks to both MAP6 and Essex 2020 for highlighting my work this week.

MAP6 is a collective of nine photographers working together to learn, experiment and make new work about the complex relationship between people and place.

Essex 2020 is a year-long, county-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). It brings together individuals and organisations to shine a light on the county’s enterprising past and inspire an even brighter future for science and creativity in Essex.

12th August 2020


Last week I  was interviewed about my ongoing 'Essexism' project, by Claire Gevaux of Phoenix98FM's Arts Programme. Joining us were two of the participants in the project, actress Pippa Moss and academic Terri Simpkin. If you can bear my horrible nasally voice, you can listen here - the interview starts at about 54:40.

I was also interviewed recently by another of the project's participants, student Maddie Balcombe. She has written about it on her blog, 'Living My Best Life', here.

17th July 2020

Crowstone video

Metal have made a short film with me, looking at the in-progress Crowstone project that they are supporting me with. You can view it on Metal TV.

3rd June 2020

Metal Remote Residency

Some more exciting news - I am one of six artists selected by Metal for a Remote Residency in the month of June. They will be supporting me with a new project, a study of The Crowstone, a well-known local landmark which stands off the coast at Chalkwell, Essex. I am documenting the stone, its interactivity with the public, and the changing tides, seasons and weather.

More about the June residencies here.

Metal is an arts organisation based in three UK locations - Southend, Peterborough and Liverpool. The Remote Residencies were created in response to the impact felt by many freelance artists and creative practitioners as a result of the Covid-19 global health crisis. They support artists in all 3 locations, and there's still time to apply for residencies for July and August.

27th February 2020

Arts Council England

I'm really excited to announce that I have been awarded some Arts Council England funding for my Essexism project. This will enable me to complete the project, which has been self-funded so far, and will help fund an exhibition and print publication towards the end of this year.

24th February 2020

Fleur and Arbor

My Essex Girls portrait project is featured on the wonderful Fleur and Arbor website this week - an online space that showcases creativity in all its forms. Many thanks to Jasmine for inviting me to show my work.

13th January 2020

Photo Scratch

I'm really excited to be showing some work-in-progress at Photo Scratch #25, at the Hotel Elephant Workspace in south east London on 27th January. The night is free to attend but booking is required, here, so please come along if you can and support this valuable initiative. The other photographers seeking feedback are Glauco Canalis, Taryn Ferguson, Felix Hall Close, Kevin Percival, Gin Rimmington Jones and Betty Zapata.

"A night for new ideas, Photo Scratch is an opportunity for documentary photographers to understand how their work is perceived and gain valuable insight into how to take their work further with the benefit of other people’s outside eye. For spectators this is an opportunity to preview projects, offer feedback, and engage in conversations about photography."

8th December 2019

BBC News

Thrilled that my Essex Girls portrait project is today featured on the BBC News website, here. Many thanks to journalist Laurence Cawley for interviewing me, and of course to all the 'girls' who have participated in the project so far.

29th November 2019

Essex Girls

Earlier this year I started working on a new portrait project which seeks to challenge the pejorative, stereotypical portrayal of 'Essex Girls' - a mixture of gender, geographical and class bias. As father to two young daughters, I wonder whether this stereotype will persist into their adulthood. I'm also really keen to show the diversity of Essex (age, abilities, ethnicity, location etc) so invite anyone interested to get in touch with me via markjmassey@gmail.com. The work-in-progress can be seen here.

16th September 2019

Design and art direction

This website has always been a platform for my personal photography. However, for the past 20 years my day job has been as art editor / magazine designer for Which? Computing, a UK subscription-only publication. Earlier this month my role was made redundant so I've taken the opportunity of adding some galleries showing my design work and art direction - the link is here. I am available now for immediate work in the London or Essex areas - full or part time, freelance, temporary or contract.

1st July 2019


I've been interviewed about my Essex Chronicles project for Publikum, a new website based locally to me in Southend. Many thanks to founder Jack for inviting me -  always good to see new photography platforms.

8th February 2019

Francesca Maffeo Gallery / Studio 284

Over the past couple of years we've been lucky enough to have the Francesca Maffeo Gallery / Studio 284 in the Southend area. Francesca hosts regular photographic exhibitions, talks, workshops and social events - in the past you'd have to venture up to the bright lights of London for that sort of thing. These images, all shot on medium format film, are from a 'Film's Not Dead' workshop I took part in there a couple of weeks ago.

30th November 2018

58th Essex Open

I have three prints from my 'Essex Chronicles' series on display at the 58th Essex Open, at the Beecroft Gallery in Southend, until 16th February 2019. All genres of art, many with a local focus, and selected this year by sculptor John Doubleday - 165 artworks on show from a submission of over 500. Please support your local museums and arts by paying a visit.

28th November 2018

Portrait Salon 2018

I’m very excited to be one of the 52 photographers chosen for the 2018 Portrait Salon. All portraits selected were shown last night at a projected exhibition at Peckham Levels in south London, and are now live on the website.

This year a special playing-card style publication was produced - featuring all the portraits - designed by Stanley James Press, and available from the Portrait Salon store.

Thank you to everyone who voted for my image, to the Stock family for posing for me, and to the founders / organisers Carole Evans and James O Jenkins.

25th November 2018


The fabulous Ray Morgan has written some poems inspired by some of my local portraits, published together this week in the winter issue of the Trawler paper. Storyteller Robert Fowles also contributes. Grab a copy now from your local indie coffee shop, store, community centre, gallery etc in the Leigh-on-Sea area! Trawler is a free Made In Leigh publication put together by local creatives, with a focus on local issues and the arts.

26th September 2018

The Thames Estuary Library

I'm really excited to be part of this new online resource, a labour of love by curator Timo Keller. As he says, the library "aims to chart responses to the estuary as a landscape, and as a cultural and historical phenomenon – a repository of sorts".

Please have a look at the website, which covers photography, film, books, audio and other arts - all related to the Thames estuary.

21st September 2018

Portrait Salon

"Portrait Salon exists to question the place of competitions within the photographic industry, and their role in determining current trends. By accepting submissions which have been rejected from both Taylor Wessing and Portrait of Britain, the intention is to show that there is top quality photography which is not getting the exposure it deserves".

This year the Portrait Salon selection is going to a public vote. I have six images in the running, so please visit the site, have a good look through, and vote for your favourites (such as mine ;-)).

23rd August 2018

Print On Paper

Print On Paper, as the name suggests, print a variety of newsprints, zines and posters, including my recent Essex Chronicles tabloid. They have kindly featured my work on their blog, so please take a look, here.

I've actually just sold out my initial print run of 50 copies, so have some more on the way!

22nd August 2018

Caught by the River

I'm delighted that the wonderful Caught by the River website has invited me to contribute my Essex Chronicles project to their blog. You can read about it here - and check out the rest of the site for lots of river-related creative writing, sounds and visuals.

18th August 2018

Photo Forum

Photo Forum is an independent group that organises free photography talks and a chance for photographers to come together to discuss new work and ideas. Usually focused on storytelling and documentary, it's a fantastic resource for anyone with an interest in photography. I've been a regular over the past few years and have learnt so much, and discovered so many wonderful photographers. If you are ever in London on the second Tuesday of the month I would urge you to get down to the Printspace to hear one of the talks.

This week's event was a new format, with the talks "open to the floor" to six speakers, given 10 minutes each. This enabled me to show some of my work from my 'Essex Chronicles' project - such a great way to gather feedback and direction.

8th August 2018


Lovely video review of my Essex Chronicles publication on Camera, a new YouTube channel showcasing photobooks, zines and exhibitions.


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