Chasing the High Risk, Low Return Return Venture of Street Photography: JB Maher from Burn My Eye

JB Maher Street Photography

Eric’s Note: I am happy to share the work of JB Maher, a street photographer based in Dublin. JB is a member of the international candid collective Burn My Eye and his photographs of everyday life show both the hopeful aspects as well as the more grim aspects. Check out why he shoots and his images in the feature below.

JB: I am 29 years old and currently live in Dublin, Ireland. I don’t really have any complex explanation as to why I began to walk the streets of my home with a camera in tow. However, having a very bad memory I imagine this unconsciously drove me to pick up a camera as a way to document my surroundings. Little did I know that that was an impossible task and it took some time but I eventually learned that what I see and what a photograph can show are two very different things.

Most folk probably think it crazy to walk for hours on end looking for something but not knowing what it is that you’re looking for and for the most part I would tend to agree with them. It is after all a high risk, low return venture. However, when I do come across an image that stands out from the rest and I feel that initial tingle of excitement then that’s it! I’m hooked and off chasing that dragon again.

Equipment wise I like to work simply. Usually one camera and lens. I shoot more colour then black and white nowadays and most of this is done on 35mm film although I do not shun digital and use it on occasion. I prefer to walk alone and almost never listen to music – I find my ears can be just as useful as my eyes. I am proud to be a member of the international collective Burn My Eye. I hope you enjoy my photographs.

Photos by JB

JB Maher Street Photography

JB Maher Street Photography

JB Maher Street Photography

JB Maher Street Photography

JB Maher Street Photography

JB Maher Street Photography

JB Maher Street Photography

JB Maher Street Photography

JB Maher Street Photography

JB Maher Street Photography

JB Maher Street Photography

JB Maher Street Photography

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  • http://www.ericspiegelphotography.com/ Eric Spiegel

    Thanks for sharing Eric & JB. I’ve never seen JB’s work before, but I find it very engaging. His style is a style I can get behind.

    • http://erickimphotography.com/blog Eric Kim

      Cheers Eric- glad you enjoyed it. I find all of the work of the members in Burn My Eye to be quite engaging and different from the street photography norm. Thanks again for the feedback :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.kirk Charlie Kirk

    Yeah – not bad.

  • phil thomas

    There’s always something to see outside that building! http://500px.com/photo/17740845

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1255625091 Christos Kapatos

    great photography.

  • http://www.simbius26.blogspot.com/ Brian Hinesley

    While most of the shots compositions don’t grab me, the emotion and story telling stand on their own! My personal favs from the shots above are (2,8-12)

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracy.webb.144 Tracy Webb

    Outstanding work : )

  • JB

    Thanks for having me Eric. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask and I will try to answer here. JB

  • Nabaz Anwar

    Great work JB.

  • Aaron Aardvark

    A nice variety of the unexpected. I appreciate JB’s work because it doesn’t all look the same. Has anything changed since joining BME?