Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Meaning Behind The Name "Bottle Bell" Photography...

Hello Readers-

Hope this post finds everyone well. :)

I've often been asked where the name "
Bottle Bell" Photography came from, what it means, and why I chose it for the name of my business. I get many business emails, Flickr messages, Myspace questions, etc. etc.

So, I thought I'd blog about this mysterious word combination, and answer those questions.

A little background, first: Before I ever decided to venture down the path of Photography, I was a poet and writer. I've been writing since I was about 12 years old, and have always considered poetry my first love. Even as I write this, I'm in the process of writing a book. I have boxes full of notebooks, new and old, and have always used words to express myself. Poetry moves me. Words move me. I would even go as far as to say that during my life, poetry has been a form of therapy.

Anywho... As a poet/writer, I often find myself wandering the world with a paper and a pen, looking at things in different ways, thinking of how I can make those experiences unique for another person to read, and how I can turn the experience, moment, or feeling I've had into a beautiful word combination, most commonly referred to as a

That leads me to the name "
Bottle Bell".

One day, back in 2005, I had been out wandering a property, near to my own, and came across a very old broken glass bottle. I love old rickety things, and so I picked it up, dusted it off, and blew across the mouthpiece. Those of you who have ever blown across the mouthpiece of a bottle know that when you do so, it makes a low humming sound, (similar to a bellowing wind).

The poet in me immediately dubbed that sound (the low hum it created) "
The Bottle Bellow", and created a poem from those three words later that day. Since then, I shortened the name to "Bottle Bell", not only because I thought it sounded beautiful, but also because I felt it was almost a metaphor for who I was at the time I found the bottle- A low empty hum of past experience, aged and forgotten, hidden away, brought out only when the wind blew across me. I know that sounds a bit melodramatic, but hey, I'm an artist. ;)

I felt it appropriate to name my company, Bottle Bell Photography, after the old vintage bottle I had found, the experience it represented, the poem that came of it, and finally, the Photographer that now takes your photos.

And there you have it. :)

I hope I've explained it in a way that's understandable.

Take care all-

Ash, Bottle Bell Photography

PS. *Of Note: I've decided to leave my old website up while designing my new one. It's a bit outdated, especially in the galleries, at this point. I'm leaving it up during the redesign primarily because the website does still offer current pricing information, and available services. However, If you would like to view my most current work, please visit my Flickr Galleries where you can find the latest portfolios of mine. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Ashley - I Love that!
Great explanation. I've always just thought it was really pretty, but didn't know the back-story. Gorgeous you!


Anonymous said...

I wouldn't expect anything less from an artist such as yourself. You put thought into everything you do, and your success from here until forever is deserved. :)


Anonymous said...

I want your mind.
I mean that in a really good way. ;)

Saulo M.

Anonymous said...

Agree with all above who have commented. You put so much into each thing you do, which is why your work speaks volumes above 'commercial art'. You put meaning to things that I wouldn't think of. Thank you for sharing.

-Brandt Green | FL

Anonymous said...

Great story muse. ;)

Matt Storian- IL

Anonymous said...

I love your explanation. It really makes me appreciate what you put into your company. Thanks for sharing something so personal. Stumbled here from flickr. :)

Jazz R. (Cali)

Unknown said...

Your blog looks great. Loved reading the story about the bottle below

Unknown said...

ahhh. I mean bellow of course!

Anonymous said...

You have TWO 10ns...
photography & face!

Unknown said...

beautiful works. i can't wait to see more.--Raoul

faith ann raider said...

What an amazing story. I am an instant fan of your blog!

Unknown said...

Ashley ~

I love the story behind the name! Thank you for sharing this. (I would love to read the poem as well)

Your latest self portrait was mesmerizing ... your eyes draw one right in with such depth and feeling. What a beautiful woman you are!

You are very talented and I always enjoy your gallery and writings ... thank you again for sharing.

Todd K

p.s. Enjoy the warm plate of thumbprint cookies I left on the table.

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