This book represents many years of looking, watching and then acting instinctively leading to a harmonious collusion of images. Ashley’s work has an innate ability to transport the viewer to another place in time. He creates complex moods and environments combining the confidence of singular vision with his knowledge of the photographic craft.
He has perfected his technique over decades with dedication and skill. Ashley is thoroughly immersed in his subject matter. A perfect example of this is his ‘Lake George’. He planned and honed the image over 15 years in his mind and not until the perfect time of year and ideal weather conditions did the work finally come together. He knew he had nailed it there and then. The planning paid off.
The result is a celebration of quiet and powerful views of nature sitting in contrast to the manmade and built environment. He has rearranged nature into patterns of his making without detracting from the natural order and beauty of the subject matter. The buxus leaves, and the multiple blue skies are poignant examples.
Each image is unique and captures the essence of his vision.
I have been a photographer for nearly 40 years. Photography is my passion and my vocation. My approach is from an intuitive perspective rather than an intellectual one. Consequently, my photographs tend to invite meditation rather than discourse. My projects, subject matter, materials and techniques vary with little rhyme or reason. Regardless, there is a strange harmony between each series of photos. I work introspectively, somewhat in a vacuum. This insular way of working helps me be true to myself creatively. I like to spend time with my subjects. As a result my creative output is slow, both in development and execution. Final images are often the result of months and sometimes years of experimentation, rephotographing and ‘living’ with work prints. Behind each final image are numerous photographic ‘sketches’ or references. The process is all-important. I will continue to further refine and distil my vision – to work towards interpretations that are sheer, poetic and pure. Ashley