Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Irish photographer spotlight: Peter Fingleton

So this week’s is another Dublin-based photographer, Peter Fingleton, an almost final-year student at NCAD. Peter’s website, SharpShock, is a showcase for his event-based photography – really visually interesting stuff, wih plenty of soft focus and gritty outlines, and if …

Tue, Jun 1, 2010, 10:00

   

So this week’s is another Dublin-based photographer, Peter Fingleton, an almost final-year student at NCAD. Peter’s website, SharpShock, is a showcase for his event-based photography – really visually interesting stuff, wih plenty of soft focus and gritty outlines, and if he’s doing a lot of editing, it’s the good kind. (As opposed to the let’s-smooth-out-this-piece-of-lovely-human-skin kind.)

This is my personal favourite of any of the imagery I’ve seen on SharpShock – although, that said, there is a lot there so I’ve probably only seen 20%. I love that she looks like a pirate who got stranded in France, and he looks a little like he should be in the Beastie Boys . . . I also love the halo of light around them, like the photographer has caught them entirely unawares. Just love it.

It helps, of course, that Peter seems to find himself out and about quite a lot – in his spare time he does C U Next Tuesday, a club night in Dublin’s Crawdaddy, where he DJs and takes photographs – in places with all the hip young things in Dublin. (I went to Crawdaddy about a year ago, on a Thursday night, and felt like the drunk aunt at the 21st – and I wasn’t even that drunk. Plus, I was only 24. Everyone was very young.)

I think there’s a kind of messy genius about this shot – as if the girl in the bottom right is swimming through the light, and it also looks, at first glance, as if she’s smoking, which is what caught my eye, although she just has her hand up to her face . . . so much going on, but such a striking image.

Aside from event photography, Peter does a great line in carefully observed and composed scenic photography – something that I had to do a little bit of digging (ie, Facebook) to find. While I love the absolute mayhem of some of the club photography, these two photographs kind of caught me unawares with their brand of austere beauty.

Check out Peter’s stuff on SharpShock.com.

If you are a photographer who would like to be featured, or you have a photographer you’d like to recommend, drop me a line at rmaccabe [at] irishtimes.com.

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