Creative Projects

Book Release!

If you haven't heard already, I have exciting news....

I have officially published my book. 
Foreign Lands: American Dads Living Abroad!

This has been a two year process for me of tons of shooting, editing, selecting, more editing, and even more editing (publishing a book is not for the faint at heart!). I didn't realize the work that would go into this, but it is so worth it. I am very pleased with the project's outcome and what I discovered about fatherhood in the process.

When I received the book I was so impressed with the quality. I decided to use the Print-On-Demand (POD) service, Blurb.com, as my audience is not just in one location, but in several countries. It is a great way for the most people possible to get their hands on a copy. If you'd like to view the storefront page, click the image of me holding the book!

Overall I am very happy about the work and so excited for people to see it. I really hope that it's an encouragement to dads out there who are struggling or just need to hear from other men who are in similar situations. Fatherhood is such an under-researched and overlooked topic and I really hope that I can help share the significance of this role in a family. 

Another piece of exciting news is that I have been interviewed by an Instagram user, @happywithdaddy. The interview should be rolling out soon, which I will post here when it's released. Thanks to everyone for their amazing support and to Hannah, who helped design the book. She did a fantastic job and really made the book come together. I couldn't have done it without her. 

Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear your feedback about the work. 

-Ashley

Commissioned Micro Project

In my class, we were given the assignment to pair up with another student in order to commission that student to create a piece of work. This is the brief Andrey commissioned me to do:

BRIEF: Is this really South Asia?

Can you create a series of images taken in your city that will very likely look decidedly non-South Asian in the eyes of most viewers. So no women in saris or men in Sikh headdresses or Ambassador cabs. It can be places, street scenes, people, or buildings that most will not likely associate with this area.

It was a fun micro-project that really made me think twice about the process of creating a body of work. Here's what I came up with! If you want to read the process I went through to create this micro project, you can find it here on my critical research journal for my class.

 Opening in most large cities, fancy shopping areas are places to escape the heat and enjoy clean, air conditioned shopping without the hassle of markets.

Opening in most large cities, fancy shopping areas are places to escape the heat and enjoy clean, air conditioned shopping without the hassle of markets.

 In a land where "Chai" (tea) is normally the hot beverage of choice, coffee is a new phenomenon that is gathering a following.

In a land where "Chai" (tea) is normally the hot beverage of choice, coffee is a new phenomenon that is gathering a following.

 Franchises from other countries, like Cinnabon, have successful debuts, allowing other nations to enjoy something new and different.

Franchises from other countries, like Cinnabon, have successful debuts, allowing other nations to enjoy something new and different.

 Exercise is a growing value that's drawing both men and women, working out in the same space—a taboo idea that makes some still feel uncomfortable.

Exercise is a growing value that's drawing both men and women, working out in the same space—a taboo idea that makes some still feel uncomfortable.

 Sari's and Shalwar Kameez aren’t the only chosen dress for South Asians anymore—Western clothes are accessible and an acceptable clothing choice that many prefer to wear.

Sari's and Shalwar Kameez aren’t the only chosen dress for South Asians anymore—Western clothes are accessible and an acceptable clothing choice that many prefer to wear.

Thanks for taking a look! Hope you have a great weekend!

-Ashley

Yarn Lovers Dream

On our recent trip we stopped by a yarn store and I was slightly overwhelmed with all the options. Where I live I haven't seem to find yarn yet so it was such a blessing to be able to get some yarn for a few projects I'd like to accomplish over the next few months. 

I am planning on making a granny square blanket. I have crocheted now 4 squares...out of 200 something. Call me an overachiever, I don't care. It'll take some time, but the colors I picked were beautiful. This is the type of granny square I'm making (It's called a "squircle"--square/circle together. Click on the picture to see the pattern/website):

That is not a picture of my work above...I'm still working on making it look beautiful like this. :) However, all the squares I've done are the same size so far, so I count that as a feat! 

I'll share my progress with the project in few weeks--hopefully I will have more than 4 squares done! We'll see!

-Ashley

A Different Kind of Photo

Today, I'm posting a different kind of photo: a blurry photo.

What?! I blurry photo! You probably have heard this is heresy for photographers, but...I decided to bend the rules today. One of my project ideas for next year is to 'break the rules'--this would be one example of that kind of photo. 

This was taken with some plants in my yard on a slow shutter speed. I moved the camera in circular motions to get this effect. I think it turned out quite beautiful, actually!

What other photos can you think of that I could try for this project? Would love your input! Feel free to leave a note on my facebook page or the comments below.

Happy Friday!
-Ashley

Windows, Bricks and Symmetry, Oh My!

While walking around on campus I found this wall that I loved. I love the distressed look of the bricks, the symmetrical feel of the windows and how they're placed, and how the middle window is open. Perfect!

I have been thinking through my project ideas--"Break the Rules" and "Shooting in the Raw" and I still have yet to come to a decision. I have thought about it more and I've come up with two other ones! This is the problem with being a creative person--too many ideas and things you want to grow in! :) Does anyone else have that problem?

Anyways - time to lesson plan! Have a great day today!

-Ashley

The Photo Exhibition

The photo exhibition was wonderful! Thank you for all of you who came out and supported me in this. It was my first exhibition and it was beautiful. The pictures were wonderfully displayed.

I can't even take really any of the credit for the display--thanks to Uzma and the communications department and Creative Junction (our sponsors) for such a lovely display, tea and event! As promised, here are the photos for the exhibition. You can also see them here in my gallery, which is now present on my website. Click the picture below to shuffle through all the pictures from the event:

As well, here were some pictures from the event itself.

Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!! It was honestly a dream come true. So thankful that I was able to partake in such a event.

Thanks for all of your support friends!
-Ashley

Smiles & Giggles

For the photo exhibition I'm doing, I went to take pictures of children that go to a school here on campus. It's a program that allows different workers on campus to put their kids in school, that hopefully will prepare them for high school and further. Many of these families are unable to do this due to various reasons, so it's a big blessing to them.

And the kids were so adorable, like this one:

As you can see, she was supposed to be reading, but instead she couldn't help giggling and smiling at me while I took photos. :) I didn't mind. I love this one - wish it were going to be in the exhibition, but another one was chosen (which is equally good, if not better). 

As one of my friends said when she saw this picture, kids are the same everywhere! Full of energy, love, laughter, smiles and goofiness. This reminds me again of how all over the world - we are the same! We have a shared humanity that can't be looked past. I think this is important to remember.

Hope you're having a great day. Can't believe it's already the end of November! Time is flying!

-Ashley