Pressing On

What was supposed to be a once-off Dublin photo journal is back due to popular demand...

By: John Mahon

Pressing On

What was supposed to be a one-off Dublin photo journal is back due to popular demand

8th November 2016

We did a feature on the Junior Magazine guys a few months back. They were putting out a print magazine in a city that badly needs more publications like this. We liked the cut of their jib and it seems like we weren’t the only ones. 

Now, surprised by just how enthusiastic people were before they had even sent the first issue to print, they have decided to expand the Junior project beyond the once-off into a platform for a range of creativity.

We asked the guys for more info, which they sent us along with a sweet Dublin photo essay to boot.



Even before we launched our first issue, people were asking us when we were going to bring out our second. Having gone back and forth – and back again – on this for several months now, we have finally come to something resembling a conclusion. 

Yes. Yes, we are bringing out a second issue. And more. Lots more. We have decided that we want to change what Junior is. We want to change everything. We want to become more than a magazine.

With that in mind, let us introduce you to our new baby. We are now Junior Press. Under this name we will not only continue the production of Junior Magazine as our flagship product but we will also expand into making secondary publications, experimenting with different media, producing exhibitions, events, showcases, and ultimately; forcing more amazing and hitherto-unknown photography down your throats. As always, we want to discover and collaborate. If you have ideas then we want to hear about them. Get in touch and lets make it happen.

We will have more announcements soon. Until then, just this:

Junior Press is coming.



The Dublin Mountains
Leaving Dublin on the first leg of the Wicklow Way. This trail is a great way to escape the bustle of town. 


My go-to camera shop in Dublin. John and his family are welcoming and have taught me so much about photography.


Where by a Lock Niagarously Roars
Along Grand Canal has always been one of my favourite spots in the city.


St. Patty's Day
St.Patrick’s day can be a great thing when you’re abroad but the Dublin celebrations are a mixed bag.


NCAD Library
The National College of Art and Design has an extensive collection of visual culture that will always keep me coming back.



21 May 2015
This was taken on the day that Ireland voted in favour of Marriage Equality. I was out shooting the entire day, it was overcast and the light was totally flat. Feeling pretty frustrated, I met up with a friend of mine to lounge around in the natural amphitheatre near Christ Church. Just in time for sunset, the clouds opened up and filled the space with light. It was kind of a divine moment, there was a palpable optimism in the air.


One of my favourite spots in the city. Head out to Dalkey, walk up to the quarry, run up the stairs, hop the barrier, shuffle across the rock-face, sit down, enjoy the view.


Cian in the Leadmines
There’s a day that comes around every year. After months and months of rain and darkness, there comes a day when for the first time, you feel that spring is coming. On such a day the only thing to do is to drive up into the mountains and soak up every moment of it.


I think if you spend enough time in Dublin, it becomes abundantly clear that as soon as the weather improves, everything stops. 


Bench in IMMA
I really like this bench. I had a lovely day a few months ago, part of which involved a conversation on this very bench. It was one of those days when things just felt really good. Head over to IMMA, walk to the back of the gardens, and ponder life for a bit.


I met Denis while out shooting a fashion editorial at the Forty Foot. We had a great conversation and he told me never to turn my back on the sea. The photo reminds me of all the lovely and unexpected conversations I've had with people in Dublin, and how personable it is as a city. (Also, people like to point out that he has his back to the sea in the photo, we weren't close to the edge as it looks like, so there.)


A couple friends and I hiked up Djouce back in January, and it never ceases to amaze me how little you have to travel out of Dublin before reaching he countryside. My parents used to drag me up the mountains on the weekends and now I do it voluntarily.


Most of the people that I love are from Ireland. Even though I will be moving away to London in the coming months I will never forget Dublin. I've been photographing my Dad on and off for the last 4 years. This is the most recent portrait I've taken of him. I love him.


Similarly, the majority of my best memories are from Dublin. While I cherish memories of travel, work and holidays abroad, the simple fact is that I have lived here all my life, so the majority of my brilliant, bad and plain weird experiences have happened here. 

No matter how much we love to complain and moan about the weather here in Ireland, it is a part of our lives and I wouldn't have it any other way. Sure Ireland doesn't even have the most precipitation per year. That's Columbia, and Ireland doesn't even sit in the top ten. 

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