Better Photography Photo of the Year - 2016 Emotive Portrait Winner
Barry Shaw's title for his portrait entry is “Time Lines” and it is an image of a local character Shane.
"He's a guy with a very interesting life and personality. He has done many jobs and lived in many places; and his face is etched with many experiences. As a photographer, you can’t walk past him without not wanting to photograph him.
"Shane is one my subjects for a developing collection of portraits of locals and subjects of photographic interest. I am slowly building the collection with the aim of holding an exhibition to show people my style of work; to generate work and fulfil my goal of doing photography fulltime.
"You could say that I am a late bloomer with my photography. At 56, I am a more recent convert to digital photography, having worked in film for many years, with a love of black and white developing and printing. It is these skills that I now bring to my digital work and I really enjoy the creative freedom and possibilities that digital photography now presents. For my portrait work, I enjoy adding textures and building painterly effects that match the individual and give the image extra visual power and appeal."