Interview 01 – Jim Eyre

Jim Eyre is a photographer and creative director from London. He will be the first person to open the interviews at Minimal Zine.

He has an amazing collection of photos full of colour that won’t leave you indifferent and is always attentive to comment on your images.

Let’s get to know a bit more of the guy behind the lens. Check it out below:

How did you decide to become a photographer?

It was through a need for a distraction from some personal struggles. I distracted myself from these struggles by picking up a camera which enabled me to document how I see the world around me and prove that how I was seeing it was real. 

What is most challenging about the job?

To understand the difference between photographing what I love, not capturing what I think others will love.

Where do you get the inspiration?

I only have the immediate environment around me at any one moment, so I can only shoot what I can, when I am there. For me that is the inspiration - the challenge to capture something of note no matter what the situation.

Who influenced you the most and why? Is there any other photographer that you consider as a king of idol?

Everyone has a camera these days, so everyone has the potential to shoot something that is inspiring. I am a self-taught photographer, and I think it is fantastic that through technology we all have a chance to capture what we want when we want. This isn’t to belittle the craft of photography at all, its more a democratisation of the art, which I think is healthy and keeps us all moving forward whether one is a professional or a smart phone enthusiast.

What makes a good day for you?

When they end, because it means ‪tomorrow is closer, and for me that means I have another chance at capturing something special.

What is next for you?

I am striving to take what I would consider a ‘photograph’. This is a tricky one to explain but I don’t think I’ve taken what I consider to be a ‘photograph’ yet. I believe I have gotten close, but not close enough. I’m not sure how to achieve this but I don’t think it has anything to do with things I like it (although I am sure it helps!) and I don’t think it has anything to do with where I am in the world or the access I can secure. I think it’s to do with finding peace with my work and an acceptance of what I am seeing and shooting. When I have this personal acceptance I believe I will start appreciating my work and therefore feeling it has value. This is when I think I will begin taking ‘photographs’.

All images © Jim Eyre, for more please visit his Instagram.

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