MILLENNIUM DAWN (2000-05)
This collection documents the first few years of the 3rd Millennium. I was based in London working as an editorial photographer working for; The Face, Sleazenation and Q Magazine. I was commissioned to travel the world documenting artists and youth subcultures.
NM Editions is a bespoke service offering limited edition archival prints, posters, zines and now NFT's.
With an archive spanning 30 years, this work is now in private and commercial collections in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Saigon, Tokyo and the US of A.
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SO SOLID CREW
In August 2001, I was commissioned by The Face Magazine to go shopping with So Solid Crew on Oxford Street, London, England. So Solid Crew's single '21 Seconds' had just reached No.1 in the UK singles chart.
A few months later, I was photographing at The MOBO Awards at the London Arena. So Solid won best Garage Act at the awards that year.
D.C. BACK THE F*$K UP“
It was may 2002 at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington D.C. I was there photographing the hfstival a rap / rock affair - when all hell broke loose. a spokesperson for the D.C. Fire & Emergency services was quoted in the Baltimore sun saying “during the all-day concert there had been aggressive dancing in the front of the stage known as the mosh-pit. people were jammed up together and engaged in certain rituals that include body surfing, which is the passing of people over the crowds heads”. Acts playing included; N.E.R.D. The Strokes, Sum 142, The Hives and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, but it was when Eminem came on that the crowd lost their shit and surged forward towards the stage. 30 people got injured and the gig was delayed for about 20mins, but it was Eminem and his crew D12 who pleaded with the crowd..”D.C. BACK THE FUCK UP” so the medics could get in and help the crushed. Later that night, D.J. Paul Oakenfold, who I was actually there to photograph, finished off the festival with his signature party vibe bangers”
....that moment in-between, something happening, the gaps between thoughts, moments of quiet contemplation, amongst the noise of living...
ORDER + CHAOS - When nature, neon dust and black light collide..
Evolving over the past two years during the UK’s extreme weather events; a snow dump in spring and an urban heatwave in the summer months. The combined artificial; neon dust, black light, and natural elements; snow, earth and flora - fuse and mutate to create the ORDER + CHAOS Collection.
These artworks are named after different translations of ‘Mother Earth’’ and of the different types of ‘Snowflakes’.
Acrylic Fluro (Neon) Painting, 1991 - Digitally Reworked in 2020 - 60" x 40" Framed Artwork
KALEIDESCAPES: ‘RAVE ON’
This collection is inspired by closed eye hallucination, kaleidoscopes, feedback loops and chaos theory. Made in the 2nd UK lockdown in the Winter of 2020. These artworks provided me with a very personal kaleidoscopic escape, a technicolour adventure into the unknown. A 30 year body of work in the making. The original ‘fluro acrylic paintings’ and ‘fluro body painted self portriats’ were created in the height of my raving days in 1991. In 2020 whilst trawling through my archive I found these negatives, they were then scanned and digitally reworked: KALEIDESCAPES: ‘RAVE ON’ were re-born...
**FEEDBACK LOOPS: Order and chaos can emerge on their own, from a simple system with feedback. A feedback loop is a picture in a picture in a picture, small changes become rapidly amplified as they loop around. Even though you can describe each stagein the process mathematically. There’s no way of predicting how tiny changes will end up in the final image.
**CHAOS THEORY: The study of apparently random or unpredictable behaviour in systems governed by deterministic laws.
**CLOSED EYE HALLUCINATIONS: Under psychedelics, when your eyes are closed the brain may function ‘as if’ there is a visual input when there is none - creating kaleidoscopic patterns.
“Faced with an office renovation for a Singaporean Heritage Shophouse, I was looking for highly original artwork for the walls – something that would capture Asia but in a highly insightful way. I am a huge admirer of Neil Massey’s photography – his ability to capture his targets in a way that only those who know it, truly get it. There is a certain underbelly that belies the images, which is exactly what I wanted for the office space, allowing a subtle sidestep away from being overly clean and corporate.
I contacted Neil to see whether he could help with the images we wanted. He went above and beyond to make the sizing work, and took care of all the printing elements, such as the paper used. The ultimate delivery to our framer in Singapore was seamless and Neil also assisted with helping us to get the framing selection right. Our finalised design has been a success, with Neil’s work being a huge contributory factor.”
Rachel Provost, Singapore
“I was lucky enough to meet Keith Flint on a few occasions and as soon as I saw Neil's portrait, it felt like he’d captured something of Keith's vulnerability that I’d not seen in other images. It was very much an impulse purchase and I’ve no idea how I’m going to justify it to my wife, but I’m very much looking forward to seeing it when it arrives!”
Josh Eve, England
"Neil Massey's Photography has his very unique take on Vietnam, the people, the culture and the every day life. I had the great honor to work with him on some projects and it's great to see that he always goes the extra mile for a shot. Usually photos are just a capture of a moment. Neil's pictures are different as they tell a story. They make you curious, you interact and almost having a conversation with them. Vietnam is so rich in traditions and heritage but in the same time open to transform itself into a young, modern and creative nation. I always strive to present and showcase this side of the country and Neil's photography in our company showroom help me do this".
Marian Von Rappard, Vietnam
On the streets of London, 'The British Telephone Box' stands battered and beaten; a disused relic from our recent history, still used by a small minority but mainly forgotten. Photographed on the technology that replaced them (my google pixel phone) 'An Ode to: The British Telephone Box' documents the last ones standing. This is my visual poem.