About the Book
He started the project through exploring disease and their stifling effects in society particularly dementia over the past 3 years because he felt this disease had become drastically worsened. Stephen is researching to raise questions about how and why certain diseases are more prominent in our era, and how society acts within their constraints.
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.
His project is called Last Stops and 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.
He self published this photo book which has now suddenly changed context since Margaret’s sons passing and has an eerie foretelling through this change of context and the photographs symbolism and text around the passing.
The photographs are brought to life using traditional Haiku poetry that was constructed with the mother and sons own ideas alongside my own within a regular team effort.
Stephen now has not long left to live at the hands of people he thought he could trust that assumed the worst due to their own errors being more easily believed, the result of an abusive past. The last stop is an amazing true story and legacy along with The Gift.
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, 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 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 . 'Shaw's work is raw and real. He's a brave one, attracted to what many would run from,'. PP Hartnett.