How collaborative is your work?
In terms of other creatives, the only creative I’ve really collaborated with was my angel Lotte Andersen, she art directed my films for Nowness series The Way We Dress, and the ASOS Christmas campaign. It was truly a dream to work with someone who I gelled with so well.
What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
The best part is seeing my vision coming to life, there is literally no better feeling. Im quite a visual person, I know what I want it to look like down to the smallest frame in a film. I get these ideas in my head that could be the simplest thing, write it down, obsess over it for a couple of days, and work on building it more. Then when Im on set and Im seeing it in front of my eyes, it’s absolute heaven. As for the least enjoyable part – I’m not going to complain, yes it’s exhausting but I feel so lucky that I am where I am today. I would not for a second take it for granted.
What has been the most exciting project of the last twelve months?
It would have to be the film I just shot for Stella McCartney. I’ve never loved a piece of work I’ve made myself so much in my life. And that’s good for me, as I am very much my worst critic. I was also just commissioned for a personal film I’ll be making this summer back in Ireland, and I’m in the middle of creating my first photo book.
What skills are essential to your job?
Patience, and my god you gotta work hard. All day, all night. Have a strong vision of where you want to go with your work, keep it in your mind, and just don’t stop until you’ve done it.
What tools do you use most for your work?
I shoot on my Mamiya camera usually, but also shoot with digital if it’s required for the client. In terms of moving image, I prefer to shoot on 16mm.