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Dublin photographer captures Belgian grief in one moving portrait

Cameraman Alex Sapienza took this shot after a long day of filming in Brussels.

brussels alex Source: Alex Sapienza via southwilliamstudios.com

A QUIET CORNER in a quiet bar on a deserted street in Brussels.

Two friends huddle together, one with drink still in hand, still reeling from the attacks on their city.

Dublin-based photographer Alex Sapienza captured the scene last night in a bar on Rue Stevin in the Belgian city. He had been having a late drink following a day of filming with RTÉ’s Primetime, following up on the terrorist explosions that killed 31 people and injured at least 270.

His description of the photograph:

After a very long day… In a bar in Brussels last night… The two gentlemen in this pic had been grieving and drinking all day after the tragic events of the day. Eventually exhaustion and alcohol took over them.

Sapienza – owner of South William Studios in Dublin – first posted the image on his personal Facebook page, and we republish it here with his kind permission to share, his tribute to the grieving city.

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