About the Book
An experienced pilot and flight instructor, Ashley had had many opportunities to look outside airplanes at the vistas below and had seen the landscapes of California from the sky. He thought he had seen it all. Then he flew to Moab. His previous flying experience had not prepared him for the amazing and beautiful formations he saw in the mountains and deserts he traversed. It was like flying across the surface of a different planet.
Through the 54 black and white prints included in this volume you will relive this journey.
When Stephen Ashley was a young teenager, his family moved to a new town and rented a house with a bomb shelter in the basement. He discovered that when he turned off the lights, the bomb shelter was perfectly black. He realized that the bomb shelter would make an ideal darkroom, and he assembled one, using a Kodak slide projector as an enlarger. The light from the projector was so bright that it solarized the enlarging paper. Thus began his photographic avocation. During his career he engaged in many occupations—fire fighter, typesetter, lawyer, writer, publisher, law professor, software developer, flight instructor—but all the while he honed his photographic skills. After a serious illness forced him to give up his law-related work, his retirement gave him the opportunity to devote his time to expanding his portfolio and to finding an audience for his work.