Posted on December 10, 2014
An image of mine representing gender and feminism .
Pornography and sexual suggestion , sexualizes and gives rise to womens inequality . As do the ideas around the very toys our children play with, as they grow up , in a culture that doesn’t realise the consequences of boundaries it is firmly cementing in place . It is ok for a man to do it but not a women !
Cultural stereotypes meant women had to be seen as more submissive and to appease a mans every whim . While men were more macho and dominant making all the the rules from this male orientated mindset that perceived women in a subordinate way .
The meaning of this image will change and make you feel differently depending on who you are or which side of the fence you sit on , what gender, where you view it and in what context .
I can’t hear you !
Do as I say !
Persecutuion and oppression is yellow and cowardly . A society without it has matured .
Feminism seeks to rectify .
Nowadays In the democratic society we find ourselves in , far more voices are being heard because of this .
Society is set up as paternalistic in a males ideal way . especially more-so since everyone was only too happy to accept that Adam was doing pefectly fine until eve came along and ruined it all by biting the apple from the tree of knowledge etc . Eve was made from Adams rib she was just an afterthought . Our empty headed and early societal concepts gave birth to the problems we are trying to solve today .
Posted on December 9, 2016
I am selling my original ltd edition signed 1 of 1 hahnemuhle A3 prints for a short time only, trying to raise £1000 and donate it to cancer research uk.
These are professional A3 gicle prints on hahnemule photorag which increases their desireablity. Each print has distinctive toothed surface textures making them one of one original and authentic ltd editions. They are double sided with mechanical and natural textures giving the image superior quality and depth.
Each work of art comes with a signed certificate of true authenticity and an authentic traditional haiku poem by the author Stephen Shaw. These professional prints should only be handled with gloves and kept in a storage container or hung and mounted in a high quality wall frame mount. This prevents deterioration from oils, dirt and atmosphere which will maximise on their life, which is currently 100 years plus with correct care and attention. Each print is hand prepared by myself on authentic hahnemuhle Photorag paper with decalled edges, and signed with an authentic, antique Japanese needle pen.
Unknown person. Preston Subway.
You can also pick any image from one of my more recent projects as a signed 1 of 1 or an unsigned 1 of 10 limited editon print.
Just go to my website steshaw.co.uk choose an image then mention the ” image title and 1 of 1 or 1 of 10 ” on checking out with ebay or etsy in the special notes/message to seller, section. Or you can pick one of four I have displayed here.
“Shaw’s work is raw and real. He’s a brave one, attracted to what many would run from”. PP Hartnett.
Photographer/Artist Stephen shaw
The Diddies due 01 july 2017, print
Ltd Edition digital hahnemuhle prints : available upon request
Silver gelatin photographs : available upon request
Posted on October 6, 2016
My long distance package from a friend Dave Carter Baker in Birmingham arrived today containing my shipment of Fused magazines.
After cutting open with my big scissors and then vigoursly ripping back the flaps I was quite surprised to find an extra gift .
Should I frame it and lock it away in my downstairs safe.
The art of grooming, beardart from bakersy by the grim weeder.
What exactly is it ?
Peculiar and strange.
A long distance personal dna infused self portrait or a religious icon of the beards contemporary cultural status? I have yet to figure this out.
Posted on October 6, 2016
Take a look at my dps and interview by Peter Paul Hartnet in the fantastic Fused magazine, available throughout the Uk and selling at the eye candy popup store in Birmingham.
Posted on June 19, 2016
Two weeks ago I invested in a new film camera which I am Planning to use on my new documentary/street project . I have also decided I am going to use film alongside my digital at all times . Film for me at this moment in time is definitely more exciting .
It is currently having a major resurgence in popularity and rightly so as it definitely contains an attraction that I associate with artistic desire . Don’t get me wrong digital is good , but for myself , lately it seems to have an air of false plasticity about itself . The solitary and exclusive act of light on film creates a visual event like nothing else can replicate . The way a film represents reality with its unique aura of originality and historic validation , makes me salivate with trepidation at the though of not using it . A good shot on film makes an effect and fulfils you like nothing else and you cannot quite achieve the same with digital . The Yes you have excellent filters that replicate it , but they don’t quite hit the spot . Film correlates on a personal level with a more realistic and genuine work of art , as you produce a tangible artefact that can struggle against the ravages of time more efficiently . I believe in our current times a good silver gelatine print is also more satisfying and sought after photographically than a digital .
As well as outlasting a digital file on an SD card by 4 to 1 , thus being more valuable as an archival source , it has numerous other benefits which appeal to me . I love the way each frame you compose seems more precious and you hold back for the perfect moment instead of just snapping because you can as is sometimes the case in digital . You can hold your finger on the shutter longer and stem your addiction like a coiled spring waiting to release its energy and gratify you more thoroughly . Your 35 mm film roll is limited to 36 exp so you tend to make them count more . You can’t chimp with a film camera either which helps you too concentrate more on the job at hand , absorbing your surroundings and becoming more focused and zen like in your search for that shot , instead of just being preoccupied by checking your lcd screen to see if you have got the said great shot , which ironically decreases your chances of getting it .
So at the moment I am experimenting with different film to find one I prefer to work with the most , Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji Reala are currently topping the list but Ive just bought 5 rolls of Kodak Tri X 400 which I plan to use this next two weeks . Shooting film makes you more fluent in your basic knowledge of exposure and this is again a good thing for increasing your time for concentrating on the shot .
I have shot film for a long time and always tend to leave the undeveloped film in a bag for 6 to 12 months before I get round to developing and archiving them . You have to be very patient for this and if i wasn’t preoccupied and satisfied with my digital I would of found it a lot harder to do . But now the time has come and I think doing this has also unexpectedly had a positive effect on the way I look at my negs and prints . Because I have forgot a lot of these experiences and singular moments from last year , I can now look upon them with fresh eyes . The rush I get from recollecting these moments after this interlude is fantastic and greatly exagerrated because of this . At the same time it all comes flooding back and corresponding alongside a new fresh perspective from which to look at them and a chance to foster greater ideas from this very notion . This , for me , is one of photographys strong points and always quenches my thirst photographically for a short time .
I am currently in the process of creating my own darkroom . I am drawn to the theory and thrill of developing my own negs and to create my own prints in my own space . To learn and experience more methods of chemical development and self printing , instead of the post process that so many digital photographers use nowadays . I wanted to diminish this ‘ digital ‘ post process procedure as much as possible in the next 12 months simply to make more time for what I love , which is , the act of photography itself . So using this method of only going to develop every 6 months in the darkroom would achieve my desired result and placate me as mentioned above .
I have come to the conclusion that this method of practice is going to be more important in the future . I also atm in time personally prefer it and definitely get more satisfaction out of it . I would rather hold and cherish a good print achieved this way than along the digital route .
It may sound a bit out there lol but film makes my mouth water and I feel like I have really created something special when I get a good result with film . Something I want to keep going back to , over and over again , and that ultimately brings me more joy .
Posted on May 14, 2016
ABOUT THE BOOK
Set within Grange Park a council estate in Blackpool which the locals call strange . This book is derived from a desire to document areas of personal significant importance to myself with an intention to memorialise .
By embedding myself in the lives of the people who live on Grange Park and documenting their story through audio and visual photographic testimony I entered a world which spoke of the unknown , murder , lingering ghosts , deja vu , omens , portents and pain .
A hidden world not everyone is exposed to .
An aura of strange .
Evidence of premonistic connections through time .