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Mark Massey

As a photographer focusing on both documentary and portrait, I’m interested in photography as ‘social documentary’ – observing and discovering everyday places, and the interaction between people and the environment. I’ve lived in the Southend area all my life and as my community is important to me, local issues have formed the focus of many of the recent personal projects that I’ve worked on.

For example, with my ongoing portrait series ‘Essexism’, shot on medium-format film, I am challenging the pejorative, stereotypical portrayal of ‘Essex Girls’. The project has been featured on the BBC and received Arts Council support for an exhibition and publication. And for my ‘Essex Chronicles’ project, I documented life along the northern side of the Thames estuary. An edit was published in tabloid newsprint format.

For my Remote Residency with Metal, I will be concentrating on a photographic project based on the Crowstone in Chalkwell. Over the course of a year I am documenting the changing tides, seasons, weather, and its interactivity with the public.

I studied graphic design at college in Southend and at West Thames, worked in London as an art editor/magazine designer for 20 years, and am now a freelance graphic designer and photographer.