photographing dublin's bright young things, straight up

Taking to the streets of his native city Dublin, photographer Ellius Grace shoots the city's cool kids, as we ask them what's exciting about being a younger Dubliner in 2016.

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May 18 2016, 4:25pm

Hazel Farrell, 24

Where are you from? Kildare, Ireland.

What do you do? Artist, model, face painter.

What are you wearing from head to toe? Vintage jacket and top, Topshop pinafore and Adidas shell toes.

How would your friends describe you? Positive and creative.

What song are you playing on repeat right now? Fat Freddy's Drop - Ray Ray

What's the best thing about living in Dublin? The craic. The people.

If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask? Why can't we all just get along?

@hazeface

Cesca Saunders, 24

Where are you from? Dublin.

What do you do? I draw pictures for dollar bills. I studied animation, so sometimes those pictures flail their arms and curse like me!

What are you wearing from head to toe? I got this baseball jacket from my mum's pal. Story goes: her daughter dated a baseball player, then there was a dramatic break up and she threw away all his stuff. So somehow it ended up in my possession and I wear that drama all the time! Then I got some red leggings and black shoes on. 

What song are you playing on repeat right now? Bitch Switch by Leikeli47 and Funky Duck by Vulfpeck

What's the best thing about being young in 2016? Probably dating. I like the gamification of men. *swipe* *swipe* *swipe*

What's the best thing about living in Dublin? I adore all the creative and intelligent and beautiful humans I meet here. 

If you could live anywhere else where would it be and why? Young Dubliners keep leaving. It would be great if more of us stuck around to make the city a great place. I guess if I had to move it would be to France or Berlin or - ah I dunno - anywhere with sound people!

@cescasaunders

Orla Langton, 22

Where are you from? Dublin

What do you do? I'm studying Fine Art.

What are you wearing from head to toe? My sister Niamh made my grey jacket, navy one's second hand Fred Perry, bag's from Spain, my shoes are Docs, trousers from Zara, skirt's from Om Diva, top's from Retrock.

What song are you playing on repeat right now? Lynched - Fathers Got a Knife

What's the best thing about being young in 2016? When you've no credit on your phone, you can send five 'call me' texts. And Tina Kinsella's wordpress.

What's the best thing about living in Dublin? It's small, so nothing's too far away.

If you could live anywhere else where would it be and why? South America, so mythical and mysterious.

@piratekittyo

Anja Maye, 19

Where are you from? It's a little complicated, but I'm Irish/Croatian/ British

What do you do? I study fashion design at NCAD and I also work in a fabric shop, which isn't as convenient as it sounds.

What are you wearing from head to toe? Earrings I got in a junk shop, it was six pairs for a dollar and my chains are from old handbags. Found this jacket on eBay and my backpack on a market stall in Florence, everything else I'm wearing is second hand apart from my severely scuffed up Docs.

What song are you playing on repeat right now? Sandra's Smile by Blood Orange, Tryouts for the Human Race by Sparks and Real Lies' whole album.

What's the best thing about being young in 2016? A lot of young people are experimenting and trying to make a change for the better. A good example was the yes vote winning the marriage equality referendum last year, myself and all of my friends fought for that and when it passed it was very overwhelming for everyone involved.

What's the best thing about living in Dublin? Dublin is small which makes it quite easy to meet different people and because of this I've made some pretty fantastic friends.

If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask? When there are so many different colours, how can places be so dull?

@anjamaye

Dylan Robert Kerr, 19

Where are you from? A dairy farm in Co. Laois.

What do you do? I study French and the history of art and architecture at Trinity College, Dublin. I also study fashion design part-time at the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design.

What are you wearing from head to toe?
A red jumpsuit that I got for a fiver in a kilo sale and my Dr Marten boots. This outfit and my makeup are last night's outfit and make-up too. You didn't catch me at my best.

How would your friends describe you? Courageous.

What song are you playing on repeat right now? The Lamb - John Tavener

What's the best thing about being young in 2016? 15% student discount on spicy wedge rolls at Spar.

What's the best thing about living in Dublin? Being surrounded by a close-knit circle of friends who support me no matter what.

If you could live anywhere else where would it be and why? Anywhere with an interesting club scene. Dublin nightlife is dead.

If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask? Where are the aliens?

@dylan__kerr 

Lisa Frisby, 18

Where are you from? Dublin, Ireland.

What do you do? I'm studying at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

What are you wearing from head to toe? Ray Ban Sunglasses, a bomber jacket from Pop boutique, a T-shirt from Brandy Melville, skirt from a vintage shop in Shoreditch, Kurt Geiger boots, Michael Kors Backpack.

How would your friends describe you? Hmm funny and probably a bit weird.

What song are you playing on repeat right now? The Cave by Mumford and Sons... I'm always behind the hype.

What's the best thing about being young in 2016? We're living in a generation of growing equality and that's amazing.

If you could live anywhere else where would it be and why? Probably New York cause I'm a sucker for a big city.

If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask? What does my dog really think of me?

@lisafrisby

Omar O'Reilly, 21

Where are you from? Dublin, Ireland.

What do you do? Freelance photographer, event manager and promoter, DJ.

What are you wearing from head to toe?
Unbranded Jumper, H&M jeans, Nike Air Force 1 shoes.

How would your friends describe you? "A visionary behind the lens... Has a Diverse spectrum of music with a strong work ethic... A bit of a beast"

What song are you playing on repeat right now? Robert S - 303 Cakes in the Kitchen

What's the best thing about being young in 2016? Having the energy and opportunity to reach my goals, express myself creatively and achieve success in doing what I love.

What's the best thing about living in Dublin? Feeling comfortable enough to step outside of the box and risk trying something different.

If you could live anywhere else where would it be and why? Utrecht, Amsterdam. The city and atmosphere is very welcoming, as are the people!

If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask? Is there life outside of earth?

@eekahmar

Caoimhe Barry, 24

Where are you from? Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

What do you do? I'm a full time musician. I play drums and sing with Wyvern Lingo.

What are you wearing from head to toe? I'm wearing a necklace from Claire's Accessories. My top is from Urban Outfitters. My skirt is from H&M. Leggings are also H&M. My shoes are Nike Air Huarache. My bag is from eBay. My coat is from a vintage charity shop on George's Street.

How would your friends describe you? It's hard to say. They probably think I'm a bit gas. Painfully sincere. Loyal. Scatty. Colourful.

What song are you playing on repeat right now? iT - Christine and the Queens

What's the best thing about being young in 2016? I think because of the internet being such a huge thing, people are exposed to so many more cultures and ideas, so I feel like people understand each other a lot more. I think we are a forward thinking generation.

What's the best thing about living in Dublin? I actually live in Bray (which I beside Dublin) at the moment! But I miss Dublin, all the gigs and exhibitions are great. It's an exciting place, but not as daunting as other cities. It's easy to feel like you are a part of the city, and not just a little speck on a big picture.

If you could live anywhere else where would it be and why? Right now I'm very focused on working hard, so I would like to go to London or New York maybe, if there were places and people to work with there. But other than that a treehouse in a hot country would be class!

If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask? Can I have one euro from each of you plz.

@caoidebarra

Peter Doyle, 23

Where are you from? Dublin.

What do you do? Restaurant guy.

What are you wearing from head to toe? All from charity shops.

How would your friends describe you? Romantic.

What song are you playing on repeat right now? Lots of blues and jazz.

If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask? Come back to me.

@PETRDOYLE

Credits


Photography Ellius Grace