Stephen Shaw born 1976, year of the punk was raised on Grangepark,  Blackpool in the North West of England. He is an MA photographer at Central Lancaster University, and has a BA first class honours in photography. Shaw is frequently published specializing in symbolism, Social Documentary and Portraiture, working within  street / documentary, his fine art prints are sought after by collectors.

Shaw's images are motivated by pain and memorialism. He has great empathy with a desire to research failed human constructs  having lived the  life that he frequently questions and talks about with truth and a deep understanding of the people that inhabit its fabric, hoping to help them. This is his driving force to evolve knowledge through the photographic medium, bringing subjects he cares about to the attention of a wider audience .

Strange is set on a council estate where I have lived all my life and involves images that document my own environment Grange Park  in Blackpool and its local inhabitants involving murder and truth within our way of life, with a strong narrative of social mobility made up of omens, portents and augurs.

Queens town has a narrative of social mobility made up of Images and recorded interviews that document a way of life of the local inhabitants in Blackpool high-rise flats that are now demolished, with a strong narrative of  suicide.
Arrival speaks strongly of multiculturalism, racial and patriotic gaze alongside long standing stigmas that are hard to remove from the fabric of society with Images documenting racial diversity in cities across the UK.
Last stops grew around Images documenting people with dementia and its rise over the recent years, particularly the story of a mother and son. I include personal concepts and cultural notions such as population growth and viruses using experimental writing within haiku poetry representing these ideas
I wish to tell the truth about  Britain,  alongside a personal story and   current concepts of a global nature.


My images are motivated by personal pain, the unknown, open secrets and memorialism . I have a great sense of empathy with a desire for knowledge and  researching failed human constructs . The simple and avoidable but often unnoticed flaws in our culture and the people that inhabit its fabric are what drives me . I have a thirst to photographically conceive to evolve our knowledge with the photographic medium and bring this to the attention of a greater audience .

Time is a circle never a line. All its information contained in the energy of reality around US. If you look hard enough across its diameter maybe you can glimpse forthcoming synchronicity .Quantum connections in a global consciousness.

When your eyes start to burn maybe you should step back and ask yourself.









The Gift.

Last Stop.

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