Inspired by the truth that all humans are the same at the core, Tierney uses a warm approach in photography to break barriers of outward differences to seek a raw honesty within her subjects. She places high value on relationships and takes genuine interest and care in people, which creates the foundation for her work. Her work embodies the strength, dignity and beauty of her subjects with a natural and classic approach.
Over the past couple of years, several of Tierney’s international portraits have been recognized by National Geographic editors and photographers. A portrait from India was selected as one of ten winners out of 3,500 entries by National Geographic Your Shot in the #endpoverty challenge partnered with World Bank. Her photos have been favorited by editors on National Geographic Your Shot, published on Your Shot Daily Dozen, and favorited in the annual National Geographic Travel Photo Contest. Another photo was commissioned by National Geographic to be in an upcoming children’s book that is set to be published in 2016. Most recently, she was the winner of a portrait photography contest by Shoot the Frame.
In 2015, Tierney shot an independent photography project, Watchmen 20, during the first phase of production of the feature-length documentary film, When Lambs Become Lions, a film that follows men on both sides of the poaching crisis in Africa. The photos in this series focus on the wildlife rangers that work to protect the animals and habitats from poaching. In addition to gaining attention from editors and photographers at National Geographic, her work was also recently featured in articles and interviews by Examiner, Epicure & Culture and Pink Pangea.
The Last Male
Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world. I will never forgot this incredibly special opportunity to spend time with him. This peaceful bonding moment with him as he safely grazed overwhelmed me with bittersweet emotion, as I felt the weight of the imminent extinction. This photo was taken by Jacob, one of Sudan's caretakers at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, during film production for WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS in 2015.
Ol Pejeta Caretakers
These are some of the caretakers at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. They take care of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world.
— Andrew Harrison Brown, Creator + Producer, “When Lambs Become Lions”
— David Hambridge, Director + Filmmaker