Neil Massey (b).1970
I'm a British photographer who has been photographing for the past 30 years. I was lucky enough to pick up a camera aged 15 and haven't looked back since. I studied photography at Bournemouth Art School, UK. After Bournemouth, I spent the next 15 years based in London working as an editorial photographer. Travelling the world commissioned to document musicians and youth subcultures.
In 2009 I moved to Vietnam where I lived for the next 6 years. I fell in love with Vietnamese culture and its people - Vietnam, a communist country embracing capitalism and undergoing rapid economic and cultural development. This provided the backdrop to a series of long-term photographic projects ('Bloody Chunks', 'Untitled', 'Song' and 'Monobloc') entitled 'The Vietnam Collection'. This body of work explores Vietnamese life - in all its raw unadulterated beauty.
On returning to live in London, I experienced a kind of reverse culture shock, this provided me with a fresh / outside perspective - this time turning my lens on the city of London. This time the backdrop to my work ‘Trace’ and ‘An Ode To: The British Telephone Box was the referendum on Brexit.
My most recent work ‘The Upside Down’ is a series of images taken in my family home during the first lockdown in London in 2020.