Ung Jimmy Lynch (b. 1989)
What kinds of things do you most enjoy photographing?
I enjoy the interactions between subjects and myself. I try to capture people and expose their flaws, I like the idea of vulnerability and authenticity. I try to take that idea into whatever I shoot, whether its people or objects and spaces.
Describe your photographic style.
I don’t think I have a set style that I can call my own, its more of a case of shooting whatever my eye thinks is interesting in that particular moment. In a way its just a chaos of photos — simple chaos, if that’s a thing.
Photography is a lot about the journey. How has it influenced your personal life
and the way in which you view the world (around you)?
Photography’s had such a immense impact on my life, I can feel myself always looking at ‘things’ inversely. Walking around and saying “oh that looks nice, let me shoot it”. My view of the world is just this perpetual string of events that keeps shaping my photography. Whenever I think about where I’m going, my mind immediately thinks of what I can shoot when I get there.
Photography is also about capturing a moment in time. What is your approach to a
shot, and your approach to a new body of work?
My approach is very broad and vast, nailing one down would be a hard task. I think there is beauty and attraction to however you approach a certain photograph. A big part of it for me is to capture exactly what I had in my head for that photograph, embracing and learning from my mistakes. I tend to look at light as a big factor these days as it can create defined mood.
Is photography your professional career? Or do you work in another field?
My passion is cinematography, that is what I do for a living. Photography is an obsession for me, it’s another form of imagery — one is still, one is moving. This is where I find happiness.
What gear do you shoot with? Specifically camera arsenal and film stock.
I shoot with a Contax T3, which is rather new. It’s the best camera I’ve ever had the pleasure of shooting with. I shot a lot with an Olympus Trip 35mm which gave me some amazing results. Point and shoot cameras have grown on me and definitely suits my style. I shoot a lot of Portra 160 and 400. Another go to is Ektar 100.
Growth is important for any artistic craft. How do you stay motivated and
enthusiastic about your work?
I’ve had some times where I cant stop with self flagellation. I’m so overly critical of my own work, causing me to become despondent and lack confidence. I have also learned that these times pass, it’s just the ebb and flow of life for me. I try combat this by also having my camera with where ever I go, and just keep shooting regardless of what my head is saying to me.
What are your influences? Please list other photographers you look up to or
things that generally inspire your image-making process.
There are so many great South African photographers. Kent Andreasen is a close friend of mine, his undying love and commitment to his craft is inspirational to me. I’m also very fond of Johno Mellish, he has a very interesting way of seeing things and doesn’t care what people think — I find that admiring. Dave Southwood, Ilyes Griyeb and Roger Ballen are a few others.
What else do you enjoy? (Hobbies, etc – Any other creative exploits or interests?)
I used to write poems (haha), well, I love writing stuff down in a poem-style way. I really enjoy writing. I spend a lot of time near the ocean, I body board, not that good, but being in the water is great. I also skate downhill, pretty much just for the adrenaline rush.
Any tips for aspiring film photographers?
It’s so cliché, but shoot, shoot, shoot! You can only get better the more you shoot, and the more you shoot the more you start to understand. Always shoot for yourself, not for others. Don’t let people dictate what you shoot just because you might get more “LIKES”, be true to your self.
What lies on the horizon (any plans for series, exhibitions, travels etc)? And what do you hope to achieve in the future?
At the moment I’m in talks with a company to D.O.P. some stuff for them, which is really exciting. I have two personal photo series that I’m trying to get into action, stuff that is close to my heart.
All photos by Andrew Gregory
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