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Friday 15 December 2017

Cliona O'Flaherty: On fake tan, La Vie en Rose and a sloppy grey cardigan

Cliona (33) is a fashion photographer, originally from Santry, who has worked for publications in Ireland, Britain and the US. Her partner, Chris Judge, is an illustrator.

My parents were . . . both teachers and loved flash cards.

The house I grew up in . . . is still my second home.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . . a fairy on a Christmas tree. I actually wrote in to Jim'll Fix It to see if he could fix it for me. I saw a girl get the same wish granted and I wrote in the following week. He never seemed to have Irish people on the show though.

If I could change one thing about myself I would . . . be more punctual.

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at . . . rhyming. I try to make up poems and limericks and songs -- it's fun.

You may not know it but I'm no good at . . . whistling, it's not a pretty sight to see me attempt to whistle.

At night I dream of . . . lots of different things. We are doing up our house at the moment so I'm dreaming about door handles, tiles and paint.

When I look in the mirror I see . . . a funny-looking girl.

My favourite item of clothing is . . . a really sloppy grey cardigan that can't be seen out in public. I've had it for about two years.

I wish I had never worn . . . really, really bad fake tan. I went to one of those spray booths once and when I came out I looked like I had been smoking too much tobacco.

I drive . . . an old Merc, it's grandad-green in colour.

My house is . . . in Drumcondra. We're supposed to be moving in in three weeks but it will probably be more like six weeks.

My favourite work of art . . . is anything by William Orpen. Being a photographer, I also have a few favourite photographers including Martin Carr and Tim Walker.

A book that changed me . . . was Richard Scarry's Busy Busy World. It's a kids' book but it's just amazing. The illustrations really get your imagination going.

My greatest regret is . . . I try not to have regrets. I think that even in bad experiences there is always a positive.

My real-life villain is . . . anyone who is unfair, they drive me mad.

The person who makes me laugh is . . . my boyfriend. It's funny that we work in the same industry.

The last time I cried . . . was about three weeks ago when I watched La Vie en Rose. It was good, but very sad.

My five-year plan is . . . to keep busy and keep working.

My life philosophy is . . . life is too short.

Cliona is one of a selection of Irish artists commissioned by ABSOLUT Vodka to interpret the iconic Swedish vodka bottle, as did Andy Warhol in 1985. Cliona's ABSOLUT Original is part of the 'Wildly Different Things: New York and Dublin' exhibition at The Observatory, 7-11 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, until March 20. Admission is free

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