NEIL MASSEY PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG — NEIL MASSEY

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.

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.

THE UPSIDE DOWN 2020/21

THE UPSIDE DOWN 2020/21

I photographed the way the light was landing on objects and surfaces around the house. Then I started photographing my family in quiet moments of contemplation, thought and bonding. This gave me a focus, a creative outlet, a distraction?

THE BEGINNING (P.2) 1987

THE BEGINNING (P.2) 1987

Afterwards I made a handwritten poster with one of these images, promoting myself as a band photographer. I got permission to put it up in our local music shop - Kingfisher Music where all the musicians would go.

THE BEGINNING (P.1) 1984-87

THE BEGINNING (P.1) 1984-87

It only seems right to start at the beginning around 1984. I was 13 and at secondary school in Fleet, Hampshire. My older sister Andrea had just started Farnborough 6th form college in the neighbouring town. Her new friends were a bunch of punks, much to my mum and dad's dismay. I was into BMX’s / Arsenal and listening to Electric Dreams and Ghostbusters.