At the age of 22, photographer and Lucan lad Christian Tierney has already worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including the likes of Dua Lipa and Niall Horan.
Talking to Dublin Gazette, he said: “When I was about 14, I got my first proper expensive camera, and I started going through the MCD gig listings, just emailing the managers of all these artists coming to Dublin and asking if I could video them, hoping someone would get back to me and let me record.
“After making videos for a while, someone contacted me and asked me if I’d make a music video for them, a Dublin rapper.
“I’d never been paid for anything before at that point. It was so cool to see I could bridge the gap between my two greatest passions and make something out of it.
“I went in and did it on my last day of second year, and I knew I wanted to keep doing it, and it just snowballed from there.”
Having worked with the likes of Macklemore and James Bay all before the age of 20, Christian started out recording acoustic sessions for his YouTube channel, racking up millions of views.
He was the first person to record James Bay’s hit, Let It Go, garnering 6.6 million views on that video alone.
“[Bay had] just written the track, so it was great to hear him perform it. It was before he was signed, and before [the song] became one of his biggest hits.
“It was the same with Macklemore, I got to work with them before they got as big as they are now when I was 15, which was so cool.
“I was working these gigs, and then because I was in the venues already, they offered me photo passes to stay on during the shows.
“That’s when I started to really fall in love with it, I started liking photography more than video. I wanted to try something new.
“That’s how I started building up my portfolio, got booked for more photography jobs and now here we are,” Christian said.
Fast-forward to today and the photographer has been around the globe on tour with Niall Horan, also documenting Hailee Steinfeld’s tour and Conor McGregor’s preparation ahead of his bout with Floyd Merriweather.
“People have this idea of a ‘rockstar’ touring lifestyle, but it’s really exhausting, really draining. You don’t go home at 5pm like other jobs, but I love it.
“Niall’s tour is a career highlight for me. I’ve never worked one-on-one with one artist for so long before, and I really got to know them, spend more time with them and get to document the behind-the-scenes stuff people don’t really get to see.
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“I was living on a bus with ten other lads, Niall’s band, so you naturally all become really good friends. It doesn’t feel like work, because it’s a job I’ve always wanted to do.
“Despite the downsides, it’s really amazing, it’s incredible. You get to wake up in a new city or new country every day that you’ve never been to before.
“The benefits are incredible – I get to travel the world doing what I love.”
To see some more of his superb work, look for @ChristianTierney on Instagram.