Good evening this is @stephen_shaw_ for the 3rd day of my @_photograd Ig takeover. Today I'm going to focus on my first degree project started in 2014. *This image titled, The heart of a Lion, shows Ed and Val, working class people in their home( The beating heart of our society ), enduring and surviving together amongst the dystopia . A proud and patriotic sub culture looking forward to leaving their old estate behind with a strong desire for a better future
This is a project completed over 2 years and based on the last people left living in Queenstown high rise flats, Blackpool. Queenstown had the highest male suicide rate in Blackpool and Blackpool has the highest male suicide rate in the country.
These Flats are now demolished and I felt it was important to have an accurate historical record and testimony to how the community lived in this “Notorious“ area for the benefit of future generations. To preserve their memory’s and archive how the inhabitants endured in their environment and the buildings they lived in. Thus revealing culturally significant problems in their life, caused by living in a dwindling form of housing that was built to maximise on the densities and amounts of people living in that area of land and not their ‘quality of life’. I always collect audio and artefacts on the go, producing unique tangible and visual accounts of all my sitters’ lives and their time spent living on Queenstown. I am keen to create a relationship with each of them, this helps reveal their personal story’s and memory’s of good times ...and bad. **You can view my work here on my website at www.steshaw.co.uk or www.fusedmagazine.co.uk/stephen-shaw #Photograd #Graduate #Photography #PhotographyGraduate #UniversityGraduate #IGTakeover #InstagramTakeover #PhotogradTakeover #socialdocumentary #mediumformat #35mm #vsco #photographer #Photographers #documentary #Street#society #olympusuk #lensculturestreets#magnum #rangefinder #burnmagazine #vice #tripmag #Photograph #Vscocam #Photographers_tr #pupilsphere #socialcleansing