NEIL MASSEY PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG

BERKSHIRE ART SCHOOL 1988-90: CLIVE, GBOA & READING ROCK

BERKSHIRE ART SCHOOL 1988-90: CLIVE, GBOA & READING ROCK

BMX, Goths, Gaye Bykers On Acid and Reading Rock Festival 1989

ROLLEI + BLOODY CHUNKS

ROLLEI + BLOODY CHUNKS

New Rollei Website

 

I'm really excited to share a collaboration I’ve been working on with Rollei. This weekend Rollei launched their new website where you’ll find my work ‘Bloody Chunks’ - The Vietnamese Underground Metal Scene. This body of work was photographed between 2012-14 when I lived in Saigon, Vietnam. Shot using Rollei’s ORTHO 25 Plus medium format film. It's extra special to me as I have been using this film and its earlier incarnation for over 20 years.

In the late 90’s I shared a photography studio in Mount...


BERKSHIRE ART SCHOOL 1988-90: NICK & HIS TRAVELLER FRIENDS

BERKSHIRE ART SCHOOL 1988-90: NICK & HIS TRAVELLER FRIENDS

We knew Nick from the local alternative music scene. Nick was still young but got himself a caravan and set up with a community of New Age Travellers on the outskirts of Fleet in the surrounding countryside.

BERKSHIRE ART SCHOOL 1988-90: ACID

BERKSHIRE ART SCHOOL 1988-90: ACID

Berkshire College of Art campus was on the back lot of Reading Tech College. My sister's old mini was long gone, I was now driving a red Renault 5. It was a 30 minute ride to Reading. I was made up, I had my own wheels and I was studying photography. The BTEC National Diploma in Photography was a practical course. Over the next two years I learned how to work in the photography studio - how to use studio lighting, medium and large format 5x4 cameras. Initially we (photography students) would photograph each other.


MY FIRST (AND ONLY) DARKROOM - 1987/88

MY FIRST (AND ONLY) DARKROOM - 1987/88

I didn’t have much kit - just a camera, film and lots of curiosity about the world around me. I was always asking my friends if It was ok to make a portrait, or if I could bring my camera along to a gig. Me and my friends were fresh out of school, we were going to 6th form college, we felt all grown up. We had survived school and were now discovering these newfound freedoms and meeting like minded souls.