About

‘Fly on the Wall Images’ is the photographic work of myself, Stuart Shaw – I’ve been enjoying photography since I was ten years old having been introduced to it by my grandfather who was an enthusiast himself. Most Sunday afternoons would be spent in the home made darkroom in my grandfathers garage processing black & white pics and probably breathing in far too many chemicals – Nowadays digital photography is far simpler, no doubt a lot  healthier and more productive for the amount of hours I put into it, however, the basic principles remain the same, trying to capture what you see so that others can enjoy where you’ve been and what you’ve seen…

I’m lucky enough to have travelled extensively in life, I was originally born in the UK but moved around the world before emigrating to New Zealand and then jumping the ditch to where I currently reside in Brisbane, Australia. I have lived / worked on every continent and as I write this I’m currently working in Antarctica for twelve months..

 

 

 

My First Camera: Bought for my tenth birthday: An Agfa Optima 335 – Its very basic compared with what I currently know and use but it was still a 35mm manual film camera so I had to think about focus & aperture from an early age.

My First Picture: OK, when you’re ten years old, the most important thing to do is try and take pictures of your toys and bring them to life. Anyone who’s ever been ‘a boy’ will fully understand why it was important that my first ever picture was of my Hughes 500 helicopter hung from the tree by fishing line….And lets be blunt, who doesn’t like Hughes 500’s?…  Let us bask in this, my first creative moment and admire the composition, depth of field and bokeh that go to make it and outstanding picture.. Yep, OK, maybe not but it was in focus which is something that I still seem to struggle with on bad days…

The First Upgrade: After the initial addiction kicked in I pretty soon wanted the ‘professional’ SLR upgrade that every ‘real photographer’ seemed to be using – One such device came in the form of the Pentax MG which was my first real SLR  which had an ‘automatic’ and everything…It also came with a lens, unlike this rather battered example I found below…

I don’t have the Pentax MG anymore, in fact I’ve not used any film cameras since about 2004 (insert unhappy face here) However, whilst I do love the thrill of buying a new lens or piece of equipment I have learnt that no matter what camera you have, you can always find something quirky or interesting on older or ‘less professional’ gear to somehow create an interesting dynamic in order to create a shot. learn to use the tools you have and get the best from them.

I hope my shots help to share some of my experiences and that you get some enjoyment from them.

Stu