Artist Profile : Dermot Loughlin

Dermot Loughlin is a final year student studying Cinematic Arts at Ulster University. Dermot has grown a following on social media where he showcases his photography. Dermot spoke to The Jumble about his work and the lock down.

How would you describe your photography?

Until recently, I have always felt that my work has had a ‘bitterly cold’ aesthetic.

What inspires you to create ?

“I’m at my best when I’m limited in what I can use, it forces me to think outside the box. Currently, I haven’t been able to leave my house for a good few weeks, so naturally I have woke up everyday to make something. I think as artists we tend to believe we are at our best when we have the most freedom, but I’m the complete opposite.”

What makes your art personal and ‘yours’?

I think ultimately, being able to point out every single detail in my final product and being able give a reason as to why I did that way. Whether I did it on purpose or just let it be a happy accident, when you create something you put your own thoughts into it. It is as literal as it is clichè.

How has the lock down impacted your ability to create?

It reminds me of when I was a child, and I wanted to go into a room, but the floor had just been mopped and I was told to stay off of it. Instead of waiting for it to dry, I would parkour my way over tables, chairs and anything else just to get into that room. This is similar, it’s a challenge that creates obstacles in what I can create, but I just have to think more creatively about how I’m going to make it happen.

You can check out more of Dermot’s work on Instagram


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