Shane Lynam – Part 1/3 – From a Hobby to an Obsession

Shane Lynam est un photographe irlandais qui s’est fait sur le tard. Vivant successivement à Dublin, Paris et Bruxelles, il a fait des études d’économie et de sciences politiques qui le destinaient davantage à l’administration publique européenne. Il fait l’acquisition de son premier appareil photo, un peu par accident, à la fin de ses études alors que la vente des appareils numériques explose. Peu initié à l’art, ce n’est qu’au début de sa carrière professionnelle qu’il s’y intéresse et en particulier à la photographie. Lorsqu’il emménage à Paris il est frappé par l’exposition de Raymond Depardon, “La France”, qui aura une immense influence sur son style.

“J’avoue que quand j’étais à l’université à Dublin, je n’allais pas particulièrement voir d’expositions.”

“J’envisageais de faire carrière à Bruxelles, à la Commission européenne.”

“L’exposition de Raymond Depardon m’a vraiment marqué. Ça se voit dans le travail que je fais

“Prendre des photos est rapidement passé d’une activité du week end à quelque chose d’obsessionnel.”

“La photo ne se limite pas au cliché, c’est aussi un moyen d’exprimer des idées en créant une narration. Avec 15 ou 20 photos on peut raconter des histoires”

P.M.


Shane Lynam is an Irish documentary photographer who came to photography relatively late in life. After growing up in Dublin, Paris and Brussels, he studied economics and political science that destined him more for a possible career in the European public administration. He acquired his first camera, quite by accident, at the end of his studies while the sales of digital devices exploded. Although art had not played an important role in his life during his undergrad years, his interest grew rapidly as his career developed and especially in photography. When he moved to Paris he was struck by the exhibition of Raymond Depardon, “La France”, which will have a huge influence on his style.

“I have to say that when I was in college in Dublin I wouldn’t have been going to a lot of art shows.”

“I was thinking of working in Brussels in the European Commission.”

“Raymond Depardon’s show definitely left a mark. You can see it in the work now. It’s the idea of capturing the banal and see how it can be so interesting.”

“Taking pictures very quickly moved from something that was at the week ends to something that was almost obsessional.”

“Photography is not about one shot, it’s very much about how you can express ideas with a narrative. With 15 to 20 photos you can tell stories.”

P.M.

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