Ray Massey – Hands

27.08.2011 in13:26 in Art -->


I was first exposed to light in Somerset in the South-West of England. Thirteen years later I discovered photography whilst experimenting with pinhole cameras made from coffee tins. To this day the emotional experience of watching my first print develop before my eyes remains with me as constant reminder of the magic of photography.

To the consternation of my mentors, photography, which had by this time developed into a passion, enticed me away from further academic education. Two years prematurely I was accepted at Art Colleges in Somerset and Kent, where I studied Fine Art, Graphics and Photography. Although my parents supported my decision I think they would have preferred I took a proper job.

Having left the security of art school where I was able to experiment with many techniques and processes, I moved to London where I endured a period of assisting. During this eighteen months of employment, I worked with five very different photographers before realising that I was unemployable. At the age of 20 I became an independent freelance photographer from my first studio in Camden.

My earliest work consisted of editorial commissions for magazines, record covers and book jackets before establishing a firm base of design and advertising clients.