Issue One Feature: Ashley Baxter | Photographer

Issue One - October 17, 2012

Ashley Baxter
Photographer
girlwithacamera.co.uk

Artistic Process
“I’ve never thought about my artistic process until this question was asked. A lot of my photos are candid, capturing the unscripted moments of life – so I don’t think there is much of a process to that. I just see something I like and shoot. I think I have been shooting long enough to know when the light is going to work, or when the composition is going to work. I like overexposing my photos, then importing them into Aperture and bringing back the detail with curves. I love curves and creating contrast!

Inspiration
“I am inspired by the need to improve on my last shoot. There is something exciting about chasing perfection, even though perfection can’t exist, and improving on the last work I churned out. That excites me.”

Trust
“This photo was part of a series of self portraits, each one based around a different theme. This particular theme was trust, which I tried to depict by ‘trusting life to carry you along’. I’m not very fluent in self portraits, so it was a fun but challenging project to partake in.”

Glasgow Clyde
“This was taken when I first moved to Glasgow, and since then the city has grown on me more and more. I was still in my exploration phase at this point, not that I have explored every aspect of Glasgow, but when this photo was taken it was still very new to me. “

Marc
“For somebody who, just a few years ago, suffered terrible panic attacks and would not travel under any circumstances, my trip to New York was a big deal. It was the first time I was flying solo for a reasonable distance. This photo of Marc, an antique rug seller, was taken on the first day of my trip as we rummaged through a Manhattan flea market. It was an example of the great and interesting people you meet when traveling, as he struck up conversation about his many adventures around the world before reading our palms with a scary degree of accuracy. “

The Barras
“This photo was part of a series of self portraits, each one based around a different theme. This particular theme was trust, which I tried to depict by ‘trusting life to carry you along’. I’m not very fluent in self portraits, so it was a fun but challenging project to partake in.”

Olympic Torch
“I didn’t think I’d be affected when the Olympic Torch passed through Glasgow, but as I awaited with the crowd for its arrival, my excitement built alongside the buzz of the crowd. It was a great feeling. I was more interested in capturing candids than I was the torch, and with this photo I singled out a kid who’d spotted the torch approaching in the distance with the Great Britain flag in the background. “

Doggy Bag
“A silly example of why you should always carry your camera. Two ladies ate lunch outside a restaurant in Glasgow while their dog lay in a handbag on the table. Odd. “

Summer
“This photo is summer in Glasgow. This photo is a barbeque with my friends. This photo is life. “


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