Stephen Shaw (born 1976, year of 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 .
He graduated In 2017 from Blackpool and the Fylde college Palatine university centre in the UK, with a first class honours degree in Photography and went on to study an MA where he was treated terribly by teachers an people he trusted due to their horrible lies and assumptions by people go chose to be consumed by their own dark thoughts not realising or wanting to believe there could have been a simpler explanation. Stephens work contains a dual narrative involving this personal story.
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 .