Shane Lynam
Inner Field

Inner Field is an ongoing body of work that Shane Lynam has been developing in Dublin since 2012.  While searching for a new project Shane wandered far and wide around the city, leaving no stone unturned. The process of looking for the his next project became the work itself. The lack of defined parameters meant that he could photograph on a more instinctual level.

At times the landscape was repetitive and boring, so his eye would focus on the banal shapes sticking out on the street.  He would make lists of things that he wanted to photograph but get distracted en route. Like a researcher or archaeologist, he would collect objects and observations in the field and compare them with what he had collected previously. Patterns began to emerge which were then used as references when visiting other parts of the city. Although Inner Field might be a subjective take on a city, the lack of familiar landmarks does not make it any less fictional than the version of Dublin that exists in the collective psyche.


Born in 1980, Shane Lynam is an Irish photographer based in Dublin. His recent project Fifty High Seasons won the Gallery of Photography’s Solas Ireland Award in November 2015 which included exhibitions at the Gallery of Photography in Dublin and at Fotohof  Gallery in Salzburg. Fifty High Seasons was presented at Circulations Festival in Paris, March 2016, by invited gallery ‘The Library Project’. Shane was a finalist in the Renaissance Photography prize in 2014 & 2015 and in the Photobook Melbourne Photography Prize 2015. Contours was nominated for the Prix Pictet in 2015. Contours was shown as a solo show at the Alliance Française in Dublin during PhotoIreland 2013.

Recent online and offline publications include The Guardian, Der Spiegel, The British Journal of Photography, Fisheye Magazine, Flak Photo, Selektor Magazine, UnlessYouWill and the collective book New Irish Works. Alongside his art work Shane works on editorial or commercial projects, recent clients have included the New York Times Magazine, Business Week Magazine, Time Fortune Magazine, Wearedublin Magazine, Society Magazine, Airbnb and Facebook.

Inner Field, Shane Lynam