Dublin city cooool!

I am very please I can finally share my images published in this November’s issue of Conde Nast Traveler, a feature I photographed for them in Dublin to capture the city’s renewed ‘sassy swagger’ fueled by the entrepreneurial flair of returning bright young independent venturers that had gone overseas to seek new things and be inspired.

With a brief to capture this new cool dynamic energy I spent a great couple of days amongst one of the friendliest nation I know. Never short of striking up a conversation. Great quirky interiors, and wonderful brunch served at The Fumbally – a plate of scrabbled eggs, avocado, chilli & tomato on toast I photographed then simply could not resist eating.

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Even on time-out for a lunch break my lobster risotto at Super Miss Sue looked too good with fresh basil leaves on top not to be photographed! Yes, it was delicious. The Diver and Siren black and white photographs in the bathroom here also added a WOW factor.

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Below: The Marker Hotel Dublin

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Below: Cow’s Lane Designer Studio in Temple barDublin

Peruke & Periwig’s barman Robert went beyond his call of duty nearly setting light to his gristly beard as he repeatedly lit his flaming ‘Walking dead’ cocktail for me to capture it at the ‘decisive moment’, at one point leaping backwards as the amber flame shot high into the air. I will spare him blushing by not showing that image.
His cocktail mixing skills were super and adventurous!

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Impossible not to drink a guinness when in Dublin and one of the best places for this was The Kehoe’s pub where I got to share a pint and some good Irish banter with the subject of my photograph who thought he was just quietly sipping his guinness whist waiting for a friend until I spotted the photographic potential with a nice light flooding through the door. The three of us swopped a few good tales, then off home I went to my lovely room at Guesthouse Number 31, for an edit of the day’s shots.

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Below: Guesthouse, Number 31Dublin

A huge thanks to the Conde Nast team for this assignment, meeting great people and feasting my eyes on fab interiors, cuisine and cool quirky buys. I hope readers of my blog enjoy the images and you are tempted to visit Dublin for a long weekend. xx

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Ladies Of The Rise – April

Living in such a creative neighborhood full of energetic talented ladies is never more apparent than popping along to the group ‘Ladies Of The Rise’, a new monthly soiree in Kensal Green. I was invited to photograph their second event with guest speaker Juliet Kinsman, Editor and chief of luxury travel specialists ‘Mr and Mrs Smith‘ interviewed by television and radio presenter Gaby Roslin. Rebel Bakery supplied us with very tasty cakes. Lucky I was very busy photographing or I would have eaten too many! Here is a handful of the images I took of the night.

 

Pop Up Kids Studio Portraits at the Kensal Flea

What a busy fun day. The Kensal Flea raised a lot of money for the charities ‘Mayhew’, ‘Trekstock’ and ‘Contact the Elderly’. I met lots of super kids that took part in my pop up studio portraits. I loved looking through all the images once I got home, which are now up on the online gallery. With print orders coming in within the first hour the gallery was open, ‘Thanks guys!’ – of which I shall be donating 5% to http://www.Trekstock.com

For those that don’t know the Kensal Flea is held quarterly at ‘The Paradise Bar by way of Kensal Rise’… super venue. I think there were over 1,000 big and little people through the door throughout the day. The ambience was great with people from in and around the area coming along and contributing to a really nice friendly atmosphere. It was a first time for me and I am very much looking forward to the next.

Here below, is a small selection of the portrait that I took. Also check out my more natural editorial lifestyle child photography at http://www.lydiaevans.com/kids

Rough Guides Speaker

Honored to be invited to represent The Rough Guides at The Times Destinations Holiday & Travel show, (http://www.destinationsshow.com) to talk and present some of my Travel images on the Photography panel. 4th – 5th Feb 2012 at 1pm.

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