Streets of Dublin captured for Ballyfermot Library exhibition

Streets of Dublin captured for Ballyfermot Library exhibition

By Mary Dennehy

A LOCAL photographer has captured life on the streets of Dublin beautifully and honestly in a photographic exhibition that was on show in Ballyfermot Library until the end of November – which included these images of a sulky race in Ballyfermot.

Born in Ballyfermot in 1961, Greg Mathews has had a varied and interesting career path, which includes a mechanic and a firefighter.

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It wasn’t until five years ago he turned the lens on himself and allowed his lifelong interest in art to lead him into photography – with Greg recently being hailed Irish Street Photographer of the Year 2015.

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“I don’t just consider myself a photographer, I consider myself an artist”, Greg said.

“The view finder in the camera is my canvas and the light used to capture each image is my paintbrush.
“I use photography as a form of self-expression and I make my pictures for everyone.”

He added: “Photography is a passion and everything about photography is enjoyable for me.

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“When I’m concentrating on taking a shot, I always feel like I’m in a bit of a trance like state. Everything around me disappears and all my thoughts are zoned in on what I’m trying to achieve and capture with the camera.

“Photography is such a subjective genre and its path has taken me on a journey of both self-discovery and creativity.

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“My work is deeply personal and is not driven by any commercial agenda but is created and delivered from the heart. It’s my world and you’re welcome to it.”



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