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May 19, 2019

Rain, Hail or Shine

Beautiful outdoor terraces are a rare find in Dublin city center…
Screenshot of The Nurserie Terrace page on the Dylan Hotel's website.
.. but rain, hail or shine the secret is out!

As we created an image…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. of The Nurserie Terrace
One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which like it says on their website is the ideal location to catch or even capture…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. the evening rays or light, in this case…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. as the terrace enjoys direct sunshine from early afternoon until sunset.

The partially covered and heated terrace, which can be enjoyed all year round…
One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. is the perfect spot to retreat to…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which Claudio was obviously happy illustrate smile

Brimming with freshly potted plants and flowers, it is a decadent urban oasis
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. which we clearly wanted to show. A place to relax and unwind
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. with a cold glass of Rosé
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. a delicious cocktail or one of the Dylan’s very own, low kcal, refreshing Champagne ice pops, certain to put you in the summer mood – rain…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. hail…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. or shine – because this is Ireland at the end of the day smile

Seriously though, guests can [now] choose to dine al fresco in The Nurserie Terrace
The Nurserie Terrace area at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 6.30am till late… at Dublin’s leading five star boutique hotel smile

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May 12, 2019

The Ruby Room…

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.. by the one and only…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. with lots of help from everyone at The Dylan hotel smile

So after shooting this area…
One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. in the Wood Panel Room…
The Wood Panel Room in the Dylan Hotel which is one of Dublin's leading five-star boutique hotel.
.. it was into the hotel’s hidden gem, The Ruby Room – where “you’ll be warmly welcomed…
One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. by the expert bar team who will guide you through the unique cocktail list or create one for you based on your taste.”
“The Ruby Room is colourful…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. yet intimate…
One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. with patterned fabric walls and deep feather filled cushions making it easy to forget the world outside…
The Ruby Room Bar in the Dylan Hotel.
.. while enjoying a few of the bartender’s creations…”
Screenshot of The Ruby Room page on the Dylan Hotel's website.
.. at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin smile

April 29, 2019

The new Dylan Bar.

Enjoy some delicious light bites at the newly redesigned Dylan Bar…
Screenshot of the Dylan Bar page on the Dylan Hotel's website.
.. in Dublin’s leading boutique hotel.

“Open for light bites and mouth-watering pastries all day long.

Rich in tones and textures, the redesign of Dylan Bar has walnut paneling, which perfectly complements a beautiful tonal colour palette of orange, slate and mustard with subtle scene-setting lighting to create atmospheric silhouettes.
A striking portrait, by Cian McLoughlin, is one of the many beautiful pieces of artwork that adorn the Dylan Bar…
The Wood Panel Room in the Dylan Hotel which is one of Dublin's leading five-star boutique hotel.
.. while the centrepiece, the walnut fronted bar.”

One of the first pictures at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

“Dylan Hotel believes in treating yourself to the finer things in life…
The Wood Panel Room in the Dylan Hotel which is one of Dublin's leading five-star boutique hotel.
.. that’s why we offer the best 5-star afternoon tea in Dublin.

Served in the modern surroundings of the Dylan Bar, each afternoon tea is a retreat into luxury. The tower of decadent delights is served while you relax into crushed velvet couches, deep upholstered seats. Whether you’d like to indulge with friends, family, or take time out for yourself, you can be assured of a fine dining experience.

Imagine your visit now…
Screenshot of the Dylan Bar page on the Dylan Hotel's website.
.. by seeing what mouth-watering delights are on offer.”

One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the first pictures taken of the bar at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Bright, light and comfortable, the Dylan Bar is ideal for morning meetings, lunch with friends…
The bar in the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.
.. or an evening get together with delicious drinks and moreish bites.

The newly redesigned Dylan Bar…
Screenshot of the Dylan Bar page on the Dylan Hotel's website.
.. in Dublin’s leading boutique hotel… and the creating of those images by Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me at ampimage.com smile

March 24, 2019

Quiet Please!

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Because we are working in…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

The Library at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

One of the captures taken during the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

The boardroom in The Library at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin.

Screenshot of The Library page.
… at the Dylan Hotel in Dublin smilie.

December 12, 2018

The perfect gift this Christmas.

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This was one of my favorite images of 2017…
The Lobby & Reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which we talked about shooting here: The new & the old – but as you can see from the quick shots I recently took…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. they were in the poscess of making some changes…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and so that meant a new image was required.

However, even on the morning of the shoot…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. after having looked at it from various angles the night before as well, we still weren’t 100% sure about which was the best single angle…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. to show this newly refurbished reception area…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. but in the end, we decided it was basically from the front door this time – looking over their new furniture towards the front desk…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and so having all finally agreed on that – the lights went up…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. and the Christmas tree decorations naturally had to come down…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. at least until we had finished.

And so once again I was very glad I had brought the full team along to help…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which these pictures clearly show they did…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. in their own special way Wink.

Seriously though, one of the things I love to look at afterward is these ‘behind the scenes’ pictures…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. especially the ones which Claudio takes – like this series…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. of us trying to reduce the marks on the carpet…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. as it’s easy to forget how much work goes into each of these images…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. or how many people are actually involved sometimes…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. or even stopping to ask “where did that outfit come from?”…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. because if you are like me, then I’m sure you already noticed that she wasn’t wearing that before Wink.

Which in a way is a good thing, because that’s obviously not what we want anyone to notice or even talk about when they look at this final image…
The reception area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. of their new reception area.

Still, all this helps remind me as to why it takes so long to pack the wagon…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which just leaves me to say a big thanks to everyone at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel for “The Perfect Gift This Christmas”
Screenshot of the Eat & Drink page on the Dunboyne Castle Hotel's website.
from all of us

December 9, 2018

New bar and lounge area.

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Two of the busiest areas in any hotel is the reception area and the lounge area – plus with the days being very short at this time of year – then bringing the full team along to help…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. seemed to make sense – because a few days before we were due to shoot this was how the terrace lounge area looked…
Recce shot of the newly refurbished area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath – as it was being refurbished and a new bar was also being built…
The new bar being built in the lounge area at Dunboyne Castle
.. behind the ‘false wall’ at the back.

And I was glad I did, as the first image appeared on screen…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. because it was “a bit of a grey old day”, as they would say here in Ireland – which means we didn’t have that lovely sun-lit feel, which one would naturally see on a good day, due to the large windows along the left and skylight windows (above) on the right.

So 3k’s up…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. as the guys reckoned a bank of these would do the trick…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and then we ran through the various “ where to put the people” options…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. before our models arrived to take up their positions…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
.. which was naturally followed by a few more quick shots…
One of the captures taken during the Dunboyne Castle Hotel shoot.
.. and there you have it – the new image of the ​Terrace Lounge & Bar area…
The new lounge and bar area at Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.
.. at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel – once the top and bottom had been added to make it a square – because it’s easy to crop but hard to add on…
Screenshot of the Eat & Drink page on the Dunboyne Castle Hotel's website.
.. especially afterward

September 18, 2018

Classic design that stands the test of time.

Homes & Gardens is one of Britain’s oldest decorating magazines, which has been in circulation since 1919.

“Aspirational yet accessible, stylish, sophisticated and indulgent, Homes & Gardens showcases classic design that stands the test of time.”

Back in 2015 Jacqui and her husband, Peter, returned to Ireland and bought this large, derelict house…
“Large
.. as a renovation project.

Unoccupied for a while it seems, therefore in a terrible state of repair – so they totally stripped it back to brick…
“Totally
.. and removed virtually all the woodwork apart from the staircase – as it seems they really did want a challenge

Anyway, after receiving a call from Janet McMeekin, a London based writer who also once lived here, we were recently invited to take a look – and the rest is now history, as they would say…
“Dianne
.. because before very long Ivan had the lights up and Dianne had everything, including Jacqui here…
“Jacqui
.. looking like something you would see in a magazine.
But not just any old magazine, because yes I’m delighted to say, that 100 years after Homes & Gardens was first launched, you will now be able to see our work in that magazine too

So a big thanks to Ivan & Dianne here…
“Ivan
.. as well as to Janet, because it was “great teamwork” like you said – but most importantly I’d like to congratulate Jacqui and Peter, because if the icing on the cake was winning a heritage award, then this has got to be the cherry on top of that

One to look out for at the start of next year…
“The
.. in Britain’s oldest decorating magazines which showcases classic design that stands the test of time

August 10, 2018

Lane 5.

Each year on the University of Houston swimming & diving team there would have been around 40 of us in total – approximately 10 would have been divers – so in the pool that would have meant there would have been about 5 of us in each of the 6 lanes during training.
Lane 5 was the lane I remember swimming in – along with Billy, who I recently talked about meeting here: Billy, it’s Ashley and Ashley – and Andrew Gray, who was a very good long-distance swimmer from South Africa, who can be seen here…
Christina Anderson (Christina Ica Hörbäck) and Andrew Gray playing on one of the mats in the diving pool at the Universtiy of Houston.
.. with Christina from Sweden – who I remember we called the “Strawberry Girl” – but don’t ask me why, as my memory isn’t that good

Anyway, since signing up to Facebook back in 2009 and saying “Hi” once again to many of those who were on that team, Christina was obviously someone who I became “Friends” with and have followed ever since – especially since she was clearly still swimming, which in turn (unknown to her) inspired me to get back into the pool as well.
So naturally when she wrote to say that she (along with her husband, Bjorn Hörbäck, sister, Annis, and her husband, Philip Josefson) would be coming to Ireland for a few days, the answer was: “Yes, I would love to meet up” even before she asked

And where better to meet than at McDonald’s…
With Christina outside McDonald's at Sprucefield Shopping Centre, which is where we meet before I drove them all into Belfast and around the north of Ireland over the next few days.
.. because besides occasionally looking at all the pictures I took of everyone back then – many of which I have posted here on Facebook: University of Houston swim team 1979 to 1983 – nothing reminds me more of all the wonderful times we had together, than seeing those Golden Arches.

Anyway, after booking them into the Europa Hotel – which this book that my work can be seen in…
The book called 'In the Headlines' - the story of the Belfast Europa Hotel - by Clive Scoular.
.. tells the story about how it was once known as the “most bombed hotel in the world” – they all piled into the Land Rover and I drove them along the scenic Antrim Coast Road towards the Giant’s Causeway – where I enjoyed taking lots of pictures of them…
Christina Ica Hörbäck with her sister, Annis Andersson Josefson, and Annis' husband, Philip Josefson, at the Giant's Causeway.
.. taking pictures of themselves…
Christina at the Giant's Causeway.
.. as well as of the Causeway itself …
Christina Ica Hörbäck with her sister, Annis Andersson Josefson, at the Giant's Causeway.
.. before heading to the Dark Hedges
Christina with her husband, Bjorn Hörbäck, her sister, Annis Andersson Josefson, and her husband, Philip Josefson, at the Dark Hedges which has been used as a location in HBO's popular television series Game of Thrones.
.. which has been used as a location in HBO’s popular television series Game of Thrones
Christina with her husband, Bjorn Hörbäck, her sister, Annis Andersson Josefson, and her husband, Philip Josefson, at the Dark Hedges which has been used as a location in HBO's popular television series Game of Thrones.
.. as that was on the road back to Belfast. Were we enjoyed a lovely meal in the Europa, before heading across the road to the Crown Bar, as a few pints of Hop House 13 awaited

Next day I first drove Christina and her sister, Annis, to see the Peace Wall
Christina Ica Hörbäck with her sister, Annis Andersson Josefson, at the Peace Wall which separates the nationalist Falls Road and unionist Shankill Road areas of West Belfast.
.. which separates the nationalist Falls Road and unionist Shankill Road areas of West Belfast…
Christina Ica Hörbäck with her sister, Annis Andersson Josefson, at the 'Peace Wall' .
.. which I hadn’t actually seen myself before – even though it’s now a major tourist attraction – before taking them to Titanic Belfast – which is a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built…
Christina Ica Hörbäck at Titanic Belfast.
.. where one can hear the many stories about the ill-fated Titanic, which (as you probably already know) hit an iceberg and sank during her maiden voyage in 1912.

Anyway, something which I had completely forgotten (and/or couldn’t have told you), was who else swam in ‘Lane 5’ besides Billy, Andrew and myself.
Well now I know, as it was none other than the unforgettable Christina…
Christina Anderson (Christina Ica Hörbäck) on the mats in the pool at the Universtiy of Houston.
.. a.k.a. the ‘Strawberry Girl’ or ‘Wonder Woman’ – which she was also sometimes known as.

Anyway, just wanted to post this to thank her here for the past few days, as it was not only lovely to see her again…
Christina Ica Hörbäck at the Dark Hedges.
.. but it was also lovely to be able to show her this wee part of the world where it’s believed giants once used to play…
Christina Ica Hörbäck and myself at the Giant's Causeway.
.. which I call my home

July 21, 2018

Billy, it’s Ashley and Ashley.

Look, it’s Ashley & Ashley…
“Billy McGoldrick with his daughter Ashley Hayes and me in the garden of his and Kerry Johnston's place in Dundee.
.. together for the first time.

Because yes, to follow on from Making a wish come true, I felt it time to not only meet Ashley, but it was also time to meet my once ‘best friend’, roommate and training partner, Billy McGoldrick…
“Billy
.. who can be seen here standing in front of our Motel’s front door, after having shaved his head for the 1983 South West Conference (SWC) swim meet, which was held in Austin that year.

And so it was, some 35 years on, outside in the garden of his fabulous gate lodge…
“Ashley
.. in his Scottish hometown of Dundee. As his daughter, Ashley, was over from Houston for a few days, to let him see her beautiful daughter – who’s name is Roisin…
“Ashley
.. Ashley, it seems

So “I’ll be back”, is how it was left, because the next time I want to meet his son, Billy – so then naturally the title will be “Billy, it’s Billy and Ashley”

June 2, 2018

Making a wish come true.

Back in the early 80’s, I took this picture of the men’s swimming & diving team in the changing rooms at the University of Houston…
Members of the 1982 men's University of Houston swimming and diving team in the changing rooms.
Glen Evans, T.K. Ponder, Ang Peng Siong, Kevin Lee, Hassa Bergqvist, Mike Turner, Wayne Welborne, Nicky Gray, Andrew Back, Kevin Richards, Richard Cahalan, Chip Martoccia, Philip Osborn, Garth Parsons, John Linklater, Ed Pierce, BIlly McGoldrick, Per Matsson, Jeff Farmer, Tom Cook, Iain Campbell, Sven Schultz, Andrew Chandler, Ulf Peters, Kevin Evans, Simon Draver and Andrew Gray at University of Houston.
.. which includes many of the guys that I have stayed in touch with over the years – thanks mainly to Mike Collins (who was on the Track & Field team) as he suggested a number of years ago that we all become “Friends” on Facebook.

Which in turn then naturally lead me to open ‘The Box’ which contains all the prints and negative I had taken back then – as well as newspaper cutting, scrapbooks and lots of other stuff from around that time in my life too… which I would refer to as “My swimming years”.

Anyway, after years of saying I would love to meet up with all of these guys again, this year I finally made a start at making that wish come true.

Tom Cook, who can be seen here on the pool deck at the Universtiy of Houston…
Tom Cook at the Universtiy of Houston swimming pool.
.. is definitely one of the guys on that list – and so when he contacted me to say that his wife, Lisa, and son, GreySun, were coming over to Ireland for a few days, the answer was “Yes, I would love to meet them” even before he had to ask

And so it was, as you can see at the Old Bushmills Distillery
On the 18th of May 2018 Lisa Tanner Cook posted this picture of me with her and her son GreySun Stattin at the Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim.
.. in County Antrim.

“Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland on the beautiful North Coast. Our original grant to distil was signed in 1608 by King James 1st and there has been distillation on this site since then, using the unique water from our own stream and Irish barley.”

Plus, at the Giant’s Causeway
On the 18th of May 2018 Lisa Tanner Cook posted this picture of me with her and her son GreySun Stattin at the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim.
.. “Shaka Brah!” Tom.

“Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs, for centuries the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it. Is it the handiwork of legendary giant Finn McCool or the result of volcanic fury millions of years ago?”

Ashley Morrison: It was an honor and a pleasure, Tom – just wish you could have been with them.
So time to work on Plan H… which I will keep you all posted on
🙂

Lisa Tanner Cook: … And maybe Plan C 😎🌊🏄‍♂️

Tom Cook: Plan C – California Cook’s

Time to make another wish come true

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