The Renaissance Midtown New York

On a recent stay in New York, we opted for the Marriott Renaissance Midtown – and it was really a pleasant surprise. This 4 star hotel is brand new, and punches above its weight because of its views, amenities, and the attentiveness of the staff. The chilled bottle of chardonnay that was waiting on the table when we arrived at our room on the 36th floor didn’t hurt either…

The proximity to Penn Station makes this a perfect stopover hotel with no Ubers being necessary to go to and from the station.

The panoramic views over the Hudson were stunning – especially at sunset, and the noise and madness of midtown Manhattan was – thankfully – a distant memory. The mattresses were cloud-like, and Aveda toiletries and comfy robes made for a cozy experience in spite of the industrial touches of exposed concrete and frosted glass (which I loved).

Definitely recommended for a quick layover, and potentially a pleasant surprise to those who would normally make a quick break for Brooklyn or the Lower East Side.

All That Glitters…

I’m proud to have been able to help with both the rebrand and photography for deborahmurdoch.com – Deborah makes beautiful, handmade pieces from her bench in Scotland, and each is a small piece of art.

The Old Mining Town

A few shots from a project that will evolve into something over time… taken in the hills and valleys of an old mining town dearly loved and kept willfully secret by those that live there…

New Book: The Suburbs of Iceland…

On previous trips, I – like so many – passed by all of the small towns in favor of the must-see wonders of Iceland. And yet they held a lot of fascination for me – I knew I was missing something genuine in the pursuit of grandeur.

And so on this trip, I wanted to see the places in between. This small portfolio is my experience of everyday neighborhoods in an extraordinary land…


Joy in Simplicity…

Sometimes – often times – the lighting tests and the moments not meant to be seen are often my most favorite…

 

 

Midnight in Iceland…

… and I’m shooting for my book on the Icelandic suburbs. Your body clock goes a bit haywire when the sun doesn’t set, but it is beautiful here by the sea. There is construction everywhere and clearly tourism is having a major effect here – at least in the boom towns around Reykjavik…