Recently we were working on a campaign for Aer Lingus and after the shoot the art director Paddy Geraghty from Irish International suggested some background images, so we shot a variety of angles of the A330 which we were working on. I decided to see if we could make these shots a little more interesting! These two images are sketches really for what could be a great idea - a series of impossible images! Images we would love to see but where it would be almost impossible to put a camera? A shot from the rear tail looking over the body of the plane coming in to land? A wide shot looking in to the cockpit of plane taking off?
As part of a campaign by DDFH&B to promote Supervalu's own brand products and suppliers, we were briefed by art director Conor Swanton to photograph three suppliers here in Ireland and in Cordoba, Spain.
As you can see in the video, Cordoba is a beautiful place and Thomas and his business partner Jean Bernard were excellent hosts and helped us find the best place to shoot among hundreds of acres of olive groves. When we had our shot and the sun had finally gone we were invited to an olive oil tasting which was incredible. Apart from the variety of olives, I had never imagined the number of factors that effect the final product in the bottle. The olives Thomas and Jean Bernard use at Me International are pressed, filtered and stored in air tight vats within 5 hours of harvesting which is very important if you want to get great flavour from the olives and insure a beautiful extra virgin oil, which they certainly do.
Their top tips for preserving your olive oil in good condition are as follows.
- Air is the enemy of olive oil so treat yours like wine, keep air out & store away from bright light.
- Colour has no relation to the flavour flavour.
- Try to use olive oil without heating. It's great in the pan but when it smokes it's destroyed.
I am so grateful to all the suppliers we photographed for their enthusiasm (food producers always are enthusiastic and so passionate about what they do!) and also their generosity in allowing us to use up so much of their time.
Fran Power, editor of the Aer Lingus magazine CARA asked me to shoot a series of portraits for a story about the people behind Irish Rugby for the April / May issue. As many of my friends already know, I'm not a huge sports fan but I know enough to be grateful to Jonathan Sexton for making it to the shoot less than 24 hours after the re-scheduled Paris match. Despite having a stomach bug and feeling generally battered from the match he arrived and performed magnificently.
A big thanks to Mark Jones at the ERC and everyone who gave us their time, especially Claire Seale who co-ordinated the shoot on behalf of the Aviva Stadium and gave us access to this amazing facility. I also want to thank Jane Gribbin and Christine Lucignano for make up.