Lorcan Finnegan, photographer and filmmaker grew up in Howth – “it was the countryside” – where at Bracken Hill drama school he made lifelong friends who are “now working across the fields creative such as film, TV, sound, music, painting.”
The adult years for him meant “skateboarding, engineering and girls,” but through his Monaghan-born father and uncles, he became involved in “hunting, fishing, and fishing.” , forage wild, identify and collect wild mushrooms. My mushroom making skills helped me and my friends explore hallucinations as teenagers, which may explain the petty nature of my films.”
At school, Finnegan enjoyed drawing and painting, and “didn’t really perceive photography or film as a form of artistic expression”. He went to IADT to study graphic design, where he learned about cameras, how to develop and print images. “The experience was magical – the smell
chemicals, the red light of a dark room. “
Digital video was serialized, and for a college project, Finnegan created a fake trailer for a movie called Boy Walker. It features his brother Conor and “some scary looking goblin puppets” in a re-enactment of the fairy tale ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. Finnegan set up a red carpet, posters and trailers played on a loop.
“It was my first experience of audiences watching something, laughing, and generally liking what they saw.”
In his final year, Finnegan made an interactive movie/movie set in space with different endings. “I went out with [producer] Brunella Cocchiglia at the time and she helped me put it together.”
The couple later married and she is currently producing his socio-political films, including Two foxes, Vivarium and Nocebo.
Finnegan is also a street photographer, and has been photographing Dublin since 2011, capturing “what I see in front of me, the beauty, the loneliness, the camaraderie, the chaos and vibrancy of the city. “.
It started as a way to stay in touch with a friend who had moved to Australia.
“When I shoot street photography, I don’t have a plan or a program. It’s a welcome respite from filmmaking, it’s like drawing, painting, or even fishing. When I run out, I take pictures, I discover a moment, I use my phone, capturing nature images in public spaces. I mentally disappeared. It is a solitary, meditative pursuit. “
Unlike his cinematic work, the Dublin street shots are taken in a realistic way.
Video of the day
“They store an elapsed amount of time. Everything is real. In my movies, everything is set up.”
Smartphones have turned everyone into a photographer, but Finnegan understands this.
“The good stuff always stands out, for a variety of aesthetic and technical reasons – lighting, composition, scenes, characters, depth and texture. But it’s very subjective. If a photo captivates you for a moment, it’s a good one.”
Just like the photo above – of a woman walking down South Round Road in 2015 – did.
“I love this lady. To me, she looks so charming and beautiful. She has a very stylish, colorful outfit, a bobble hat, a button-down jacket, leather boots and an orange cane. The fuchsia background, the old red brick walls accentuated the color of her outfit. For me there is something timeless about this image. “
Seven years ago, on the San Blas Islands, Finnegan met the Kuna tribe. They refused the camera, believing it to be a soul stealer. This gentle and weak woman didn’t mind at all. And Finnegan captured her – body and soul.
Lorcan Finnegan’s book ‘Dublin Street 2012-2022’ is available on hangtough.ie. His movie ‘Nocebo’ – a psychological thriller starring Eva Green, Mark Strong and Chai Fonacier – will hit theaters from the end of November
Showing: Two to see
A palpable bump on the bridge of the nose
A large exhibition of Elizabeth Cope’s work spans the decades including 27 self-portraits, nudes and colossal works depicting her amazing response to nature. “In painting, the struggle is what matters,” she said. “There is no solution; it is an action in progress. It is emotional, but detached. “
VISUAL, Carlow, until January 8, 2023
Artifacts and Encounters
Born in Mexico City and now based in Northern Ireland, performance artist Santamaría’s work draws attention to the mutable, fragile and ephemeral aspects of life. In her performance, she examines fundamental aspects of human behavior including love, death, mental suffering, mourning, resilience, and consciousness.
Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, until November 5
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/theatre-arts/lorcan-finnegan-dublins-candid-cameraman-captures-the-real-soul-of-the-streets-42029918.html Lorcan Finnegan: Dublin’s outspoken cameraman captures the true soul of the street