John Maher was born in Manchester in 1960. After teaching himself to play the drums at the age of 16 he became drummer in the then unheard of punk rock group Buzzcocks.
John then spent his early 20s touring and recording with a number of artists before turning his attention to another of his interests: modifying and assembling high performance air-cooled racing Volkswagens.
In 2002, John relocated to the Isle of Harris, where he now lives and works. He created a new way of interpreting the Hebridean landscape shooting the interiors of old buildings, vehicles and boats with a refreshing and innovative series of light painted, long exposure photographs – all shot during the dead of night, under the light of a full moon.
In several instances he has returned during daylight to shoot the interiors of abandoned croft houses which led to the collaboration with Ian Paterson and the exhibition.
John will be holding a Gallery tour of the exhibition as well as a photography workshop. The work shop will look at two innovative digital photography techniques John uses in the creation of some of his Hebridean imagery.
The Leaving Home Gallery Tour with John Maher is at 8pm on Friday 13th December, An Lanntair, priced £5. This is followed on Saturday 14th December with the John Maher Photography Workshop, 10am - 4pm, costing £48/£40. For tickets contact An Lanntair box office on 01851 708480.
For an interview with John see this week’s Stornoway Gazette.