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
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