A Brief Biographic Introduction
Michael Shaw was born in the rugged North Yorkshire fishing town of Whitby and has been immersed in the photographic world all of his life – the year he was born, his father took over the collection of beautiful evocative images taken by the world famous Victorian photographer, Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, Hon. F.R.P.S.
Since 1977, after leaving school, Michael has run The Sutcliffe Gallery in Whitby, publishing the fantastic work by Frank Sutcliffe. He is also curator of the Sutcliffe glass plate collection at Whitby museum and the images taken by Sutcliffe are a constant inspiration to him.
Michael took up photography seriously around the year 2000, finding that landscapes gave him the most pleasure. Although he uses 'Photoshop' for image processing, he prefers the minimum of manipulation and enhancement. However, the control over the final image is a great technical advantage. To make a photograph a 'picture', the requirements are the same as those for a good painting: light, atmosphere, composition ... and of course, subject matter. Patience and persistence can pay dividends.
Amongst the artists in photography who have impressed and influenced Michael over the years are his father Bill Eglon Shaw, Ansel Adams, Joe Cornish, and of course, Frank Meadow Sutcliffe.