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My Journey as a Photographer So Far

January 18, 2018

Hey, my name is Jonathon Lynam and I go by the username Jl.d40 on Instagram.  I'm 18 years old and I live in Dublin, Ireland. As well as doing photography I also currently study journalism in college at DCU.


Photography has always been an interest of mine - my older brother was the person who really got me into it at a young age. Since then I have put down and picked the camera back up again on various occasions, always coming back with new inspiration or a new editing style.


Since I began my Instagram account back in May 2016, I have struggled with finding a particular style that suited me or that I enjoyed. Sticking to one genre seemed too limiting and would lead me to getting bored and cause me to stop taking photos.

That is until last year when I stumbled on portraits. Portrait photography has allowed me to be more creative and do more than what landscapes or other types of photography did. They have allowed me to combine multiple genres, so if I want to go and shoot in the Wicklow mountains, I can still do that, or if I want to go down to the park, I can do that as well.


A lot of my inspiration has come from Bryan Castillo (@bryanadamc) and Brandon Woelfel (@brandonwoelfel) on Instagram, but I now love to take my inspiration from quotes, song lyrics or the colours found during the changing seasons. In autumn, I took my inspiration from the different shades of red and yellow found amongst the trees, while in winter I focused more on Christmas lights and the colours which come with that.


That’s why I love the photos I take now, I’m always hearing lines from songs or seeing quotes in my Instagram feed that inspire me, every image has a story behind it.


The Photo of me lying in a cardboard box in the middle of some trees in Phoenix park is an example of this. I had the idea weeks before the shoot, but was delayed because I couldn’t find a box big enough that would leave only my legs hanging out. I eventually got a box from my brother which was big enough. When we arrived, we found a quiet place we had been to previously and started setting up the shot putting the lights around the box. While shooting we discovered the area wasn’t as quiet as we had thought, and we had quite a few people staring at us or who stopped during their evening runs to see what was happening. Half way through the shoot the box collapsed while I was lying inside of it and I needed to find a way to also support it from the inside.


So it wasn’t the most straightforward of shoots, but guess what? Those are the best photos to take because you get to look back on these images and relive those moments. To me that is what photography is really all about; capturing moments.


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