By Emily Mullen
This comes just days after Twitter lost its collective mind over photos of Adam Driver and Lady Gaga on the set of Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci film.
Perhaps we forgot about this shoot, or maybe we didn’t appreciate it enough in 2013. Either way, the time has come for Adam Driver’s shoot in outer Kerry to be fully appreciated. Standing behind a thatched cottage with a sheep around his neck, riding a donkey, or leaning up against a standing stone with model Daria Werbowy, this shoot by Annie Leibovitz has a lot going on.
Credit goes to Sorcha Ní Laoghaire for sharing her link to the shoot on her Twitter and recirculating the images back into our consciousness. “Since Adam Driver is popping up in vogue again,” Ní Laoghaire wrote, “throwback to Annie Leibovitz’ September 2013 Vogue photoshoot in my familys park. There’s Adam driver holding one of our sheep”. Speaking of her niche claim to fame Ní Laoghaire said, “[it’s the] most random thing ever tbh”
The photoshoot does appear to have taken place in Ní Laoghaire’s family plot called Gleninchaquin Park in Tuosist, Co. Kerry. The park is described on Instagram as a “Working sheep farm, hillwalking area and undisturbed natural beauty”. Indeed a photo taken from the place does appear to show the thatched cottage seen in the background of one of the shoot’s photos.
Dubbed by Vogue as “Wild Irish Rose” the shoot aimed to highlight Autumn apparel through “sweeping skirts and man-tailored jackets”. You can see why they chose Ireland for the shoot setting, as the clothes do bang of pre-Independence Ireland, full suits, heavy boots, thick tweeds for warmth. The temperatures in rural Kerry seemed to be in flux when this shoot took place though as sometimes in the same shot either Driver and Werbowy are half-stripped off while one of them is bundled up in moss coloured cloth.
The publication also included a “stormy romance” narrative to the shoot, which Driver and Werbowy did their best to illustrate. There’s the affection in the meadows, confusion in a boat, and not forgetting the lean against the megalithic monument. Vogue said that they drew from the relationship of “Yeats and Maud Gonne” as inspiration for the shoot, which is a fairly awkward romance reference to make, considering that Yeats proposed to Gonne’s daughter.
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