Sunday 25 February 2018

Nomadic snapper finds permanent home for his prints

FOR decades he has sold his prints on the streets of Dublin. But now a Belgian photographer, who spent his first years in Ireland living in a mobile home, has been invited to put his images on permanent display at Russborough House.

Dominique Beyens -- aka Dusty McBey -- has been infatuated with this country, and Dublin in particular, since he moved here in 1990.

"Having lived in other big cities around the world, Dublin feels like a very large village, which is great as a photographer as you can easily get around the city," he said.

"I love walking into somewhere like Sweny's bookshop where they shout to each other about books across the shop and always offer you a cup of tea," he said.

"The great thing about Dublin is that in less than an hour you're in the middle of the countryside. Places like Blessington and Glendalough are such a short distance away. It is the slowing down and reflection that makes for good photographs. If you can allow to take a moment, you start seeing different things," he said.

For the last 22 years, Mr Beyens has sold prints on street corners in Dublin city centre but he has now found a permanent base for his work in Russborough House on Blessington Lakes, Co Wicklow.

Having recently invested in a camper-van he now plans on travelling all over Ireland.

"People ask what do I like most about Ireland? It's the weather. Ireland has a mild climate with weather systems converging that make for great cloud formations.

"Others see clouds and feel depressed, I feel elated to be able to capture these moody skyscapes," he said.

Irish Independent

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