Maxine’s photographic journey started with some enforced downtime. At the age of 14 and home sick one day, she started taking photographs – just random images of things around the house that caught her interest, she explains – and a new passion was born.

Things really took off when she was given a camera for her 16th birthday – a Nikon D330 – but rather than pasting herself all over social media a la many a young teen with a camera, Maxine prefers to keep much of her work private, shared with family and friends.

“A lot of my work is based on music and my mental health,” she reveals. “And while a lot of photos I sell at markets are landscapes, many others are abstract.” Neither does she take selfies!

Explaining that her photographic work often charts her feelings – “some photos are what I’m feeling when I listen to music,” she reveals. “Or if I’m having a bad day, I might just take out my camera, put the timer on and start dancing. I don’t know what I’m going to get until I look back at them afterwards.”

Maxine Allenye artworks at Made in Croydon market

 Check out her intriguing and artistic approach to photography at an upcoming Made in Croydon market.

Made in Croydon is partnering with the Croydon Creative Enterprise Zone scheme to support and encourage the work of young entrepreneurs. If you’re under 25 and would like to take part in our Made in Croydon markets, you may be eligible for a discounted space – email us at to find out more.

Photos: Rob Wilson Jnr, Fluid4Sight