Monday, July 30, 2012

"Beyond the Forest"

As I sit here, in Devon, England, packing and awaiting my train to Scotland, I am sitting in an old library which has found me transfixed, this entire afternoon, specifically by the following book, images and words...


literally translated, Transylvania means "beyond the forest".

... passages taken from beyond the forest, a photographic book by Claire Richardson 'about a people believed to be the descendents of the children that were led out of hamelin' ...

the children that were led out of Hamlin are those that legend has it are the children who followed the Pied Piper.


'beyond the forest' 

he lives in a world of silence. a world of hard work & necessary patience; waiting on the weather and growth. they call him Mr. Pipe, a diabetic, water passes straight through him. his mother worries he shall never marry. he loved the butcher's daughter once, but her father sold the mountain.
claiming the common ground, he felled the forest and sold the oak. a rich man now, his daughter should marry well, a businessman from the town, perhaps. 
spurned, the boy strung up a lifeless scarecrow in his own image, a reminder to the girl of her father's betrayal.

the butcher's wife says the photographer is barren, and has come to buy children to operate her domestic machines. she welcomes the photographer, preparing a meal with the greatest of care and measure. 

the forest taken, the horizon restored. it offers no shelter now. an emptying landscape. as claims are made, fences erected and the horizon breached. only Mr. Pipe remains, the others have now gone, they spoke of a life beyond the forest...


(c) Claire Richardson: 

Monday, July 16, 2012

New "Dust Bowl" Imagery!


As I pack my bags to leave for Europe tomorrow, thought it'd be nice to post, before I go, the latest imagery for "Dust Bowl".
This collection is really and truly, slowly, becoming the most incredible brain child project. So many plans for it.

For now, hope you love the imagery. I've no doubt I'll be photographing more for this, overseas as well as some pretty amazing things for "Faerieland".

To refresh, for those who are new to this collection...

"DUST BOWL" is a ::cinematic:: recreation/retelling of the Great Depression Era of American History, in people, places and things, not only recounting the destitution and poverty of the time, but also interweaving imagery of daily life that may have occurred before the events that led up to "Black Tuesday" and all that inevitably followed.

For last year's blog regarding the beginning of this collection, you can check it out, here.


New Imagery...


Dasha Ermolenko:

David Mendolia:

My uber buddy and photographer, Brooke Shaden:

The incredibly wonderful photographer and my friend, Alex Stoddard:

The lovely Christopher John Hills:

more to come soon, including...the elderly and the children of Dust Bowl (!)


For this collection, in its entirety, please visit (while my site is undergoing a pretty massive overhaul & update) my facebook fan, at:

Ash x

Thursday, July 12, 2012

::PROJECT MUSE:: | my beautiful, precious, beloved course.

Location: Inspiration, Earth
Date: 7.12.12

As of this moment, these packages receiving postage, this project finally taking flight, I can now say, officially, that my heart beats outside of my chest as well as within it. 


Intro Week Booklets...

Enrollee Prints...

Secret Things...

"The Leaf Metaphor"



Thursday, July 05, 2012

American West & Europe | Countryside in Autumn | My long overdue Photo Journals of 2011

Creature People!

Until I have the time to properly post these to the blog... between workshops, this new secret project (!!) just returning from 40 days of living on the road out west, mentoring session preparation and, finally, packing to leave for a summer alone, in the UK & Europe (leaving July 17 w/ a layover in Iceland!) I wanted to simply link you to my (now made public) Facebook albums (to which they are already posted) of the absolutely longest photo journal(s) (with more to come within them as time allows) that I've ever posted, covering Mid Spring of 2011, until early Autumn 2011, as well as a journal that covers my life behind the lens, in Autumn of 2011, spanning thousands of miles and over two continents and three countries. That's a mouthful.

Click the links below to enter the album of choice w/ a little sampling below from each.(***very important note on viewing: You will likely have to be logged into a facebook, in some way, to see either set. If you aren't logged into facebook, it may say that they are unavailable or that you don't have permission, which isn't the case, so just LOG IN.) 

Please enjoy as I know so many waited so patiently, now over a year overdue for the America/Euro one. I've made the album(s) as public as possible, for quick viewing.

Ashes, x