"This long-term project is my way of exploring and documenting our interaction with the environment near where I grew up - the Essex side of the Thames estuary. It covers the stretch from Foulness Island in the east towards the QEII bridge and Purfleet in the west. It’s a real mix of leisure, industry and human habitation, an important shipping route in and out of London, and full of diversity such as wartime relics, marshes and mudflats, amusement arcades and power stations. I try to show some of this diversity in my images, combining urban landscapes with both posed and candid portraits".

Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey

"Last summer I published an edit of the work as a 28-page newsprint, copies are available on my website"

Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey

About the photographer

As a photographer I’m mostly self-taught, focusing on documentary and portrait with an element of street photography. I’m interested in photographing the ordinary, and in ‘social documentary’ - observing and discovering everyday places, and the interaction between people and the environment.

I studied graphic design at college and now work in London as an art editor / magazine designer.

I live in my hometown of Southend, which is close to London but a world away in terms of identity. Part traditional seaside town, part commuter town, and gateway to the sea, it has always been a source of inspiration for writers and artists.

 

Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey
Essex Chronicles - Mark Massey

More of Mark Masseys' work can be found online at:

www.markmassey.co.uk

Instagram @markjmassey

Twitter @markmassey99