Irish contemporary photographer Shane Lynamstudied Politics and Economics at University College Dublin before completing his Master’s degree in Documentary Photography at Newport School of Art. He is currently based in Dublin, working on commercial projects, as well as concentrating on his own artistic practice.
The central location of the presented project, titled Fifty High Seasons, is France. As the artist shares his thoughts: “In 1963 President de Gaulle initiated a grand project, known as ‘La Mission Racine’, to develop a stretch of coastline between Montpellier and Perpignan into a series of coastal resorts. Ahead of its time, innovative architects were hired for each town to construct unique and unusual spaces adapted to the local environment. It aimed to turn the area into a holiday destination centered around leisure while offering an alternative source of income locally“.
La Mission Racine was intended to give the opportunity to French residents to enjoy their paid holidays without the hassle of traveling to a foreign country. At first, the artist was struck by the unrecognizable difference between the actual tourist area and the picturesque French villages displayed on the postcards.
During his trips from 2010 to 2015, he photographed these tourist areas, without the presence of tourists themselves and eternized nothing else but the remaining feeling of abandonment. Shane showcases the evolution of these French holiday towns with an intriguing approach, displaying the infrastructure in need of improvement. The artist presents the outlook of public spaces, fifty years after they were built, highlighting the contrast between the colorful, seemingly calm surroundings and void spaces.