- 27 Apr 18
It was shot in Dublin with the band's official seal of approval and includes some familiar band landmarks!
Vogue photographer and filmmaker, David Mushegain, has shared the short he’s made to accompany U2’s ‘Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way’.
Explaining why he chose it after being given his pick of the Songs Of Experience album tracks by U2 manager Guy Oseary, Mushegain – who’s been documenting people in their teens and twenties here for almost a decade - says: “I gravitated towards that song immediately. It has the spirit of these young people I’d come to know, the spirit that says whatever’s in your way, you can overcome it. It’s such an uplifting song, it has such a positive spirit.”
David’s original idea had been to focus on LGBTQ individuals but the canvas broadened as the idea came together.
“While filming I didn't actually play the song for anyone which I thought was fun. I just wanted to document people being themselves and having fun and then put it to the song later. I like the mix of portraits and dancing because we get this moment to really stare at someone and appreciate their eyes, their style, and get a taste of their soul. Then when we see the dancing clips we see another side of their personality.
“The LGBTQ community is made up of course of people who are LGBTQ themselves, but the community also includes friends and family so really it's inclusive of everyone. It’s about being young and expressing yourself, it’s about how we all have friends and relatives who dress or look or style themselves differently but, as the song says, 'love is bigger than anything in its way'.
'I've always loved the LGBTQ community, I go to Pride parades around the world - I can't imagine a better party - and the idea behind the video is about a celebration, to celebrate love, to celebrate individuality, to celebrate everyone."
U2 fans will love the shots of the stretch of coast that Bono calls home.
“The song talks about Killiney Bay so we went out to Killiney to meet people there, I hope it captures a special sense of Dublin. I had a feeling that people often think of Ireland as religious, as Catholic and closed but many of its young people are more open than anywhere. If people are maybe from a small town and don’t feel accepted, often they head to Dublin.”
David was very taken by the teenager who remarked to him: “I’m not from Dublin but since I moved here I feel like I can really be myself, that’s really nice… back home I would be ridiculed for dressing the way I do but here it’s good.”
Resumes Mushegain: “I’ve found people who are free to be who they want to be, to act how they want to act and dress how they want to dress. There would be some cities where people would be wary of what I was trying to do but not here, they really get into this, the way they styled themselves, the make up, how they went for it during filming.”