About the Book
I collect audio on the go binding this unique tangible alongside the visible as an extra layer of evidence of my sitters time spent on Queenstown. All the quotes in this book are made by Queenstown residents and are archived truth. A personal and targeted reflection from the outsider. I am always keen to create a relaxed and honest relationship with each of my subjects. Sometimes even becoming friends. This helps reveal the deeper and more personal stories that we all have which can often be taken out of context by the same outsider, these are always the best stories.. In collecting this audio and documenting the people it helps me gain more insight an in-depth understanding of the Queenstown people. It also gives the audience a deeper taste of their lives to experience. This work provides a truthful visual audio statement.
Art is a wound turned into light your creation destroyed by an innocent target you’ve become what you set out to destroy keep lying to yourself. 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 and specialises in symbolism, Social Documentary and Portraiture, working within street / documentary. Shaw's images are motivated by pain and memorialism. He has great empathy with a desire to research failed human constructs having lived a darker side of 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 .