Saturday 20 January 2018

Behind the lens: Richie Stokes

Richie Stokes
Richie Stokes


"I was lucky enough to get to photograph Seamus Heaney in 2010 at the launch of Library Ireland Week.

I set up a little studio off to one side at the Wood Quay venue and when Mr Heaney stepped on to the backdrop my heart was beating, I knew I had to be quick as he was on his way to make a speech.

I took one shot as a test and was happy with how the light was hitting him. I only took another four or five frames and this is one of them.

People like him have a certain way about them, I think it's different to charisma, a twinkle in the eye, it's difficult to describe – genius, magic."

Irish Independent

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