Truth is stranger than fiction. Stephen pursued photography through a passion ignited by a dream he had as a child
Stephen Shaw studied a Masters in photography at central Lancashire University in the UK. His projects documented viruses in society along with different people suffering from dementia and their long term effects as a war on the human body.
I started the project through exploring viral disease and it’s stifling effects in society particularly how dementia over the past 3 years I feel has risen because of this. I feel this disease has become drastically worse over this 3 year time period. I am researching to raise questions about how and why certain diseases are more prominent in contemporary society in our era, and how society acts within their constraints, particularly in our era with important matters such as global warming along side population control.
It is a personal documentary following the lives of two groups of people. A man called Fred who has been moved to a care home and a woman called Margaret. They have both been in terminal decline with dementia. Fred has been committed due to his worsening state and Margaret is looked after by her son and palliative care nurses.
My project is called Last Stops and is based in a care home with Fred and a residential home within palliative care with Margaret and her late son Steve who cares for her. It is a touching story that has worsened sadly as the son has just recently passed away in a tragic accident leaving the mother on her own in the care home.
I self published a photo book last year, which has suddenly changed context since Margaret’s sons passing and has an eerie foretelling through the change of context and the images symbolism and text around this passing.
I would like to exhibit these prints and others where possible within a gallery exhibition including sound interactive images sealed in airtight containers . I would hope to treat them with outside contaminates that would slowly alter the image but not destroy it straight away (don’t kill it, ill it) and reveal a second hidden image which mutates over time offering a metaphoric control to the watching audience that reflects its narrative.