Paul Ashley
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Portfolios

Performance

Images of dancers and musicians.

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Houses with bicycles

A typical Cambridge scene with an infinite range of variations.

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College gates

College gates at night.

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Diversions

All the photographs were taken in Somerset House during the Photo London exhibition. Taking a cue from Dutch C17 painters, the doors, partitions and even the photographs on the walls all combine to lead the eye in diverging directions, rather than towards a single focal point.

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Oman interiors

Oman has made great efforts to preserve and restore its historic buildings, particularly forts, but also vernacular buildings. Many of the interiors are beautifully proportioned and have been simply restored (occasionally over-restored). The placement of ornaments and functional items shows that the aesthetic that created the interiors is still a part of the culture.

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The mountains of Oman

I am not a landscape photographer, but it is occasionally difficult not to hold a camera up to a spectacular scene. I lived in Oman many years ago, but these photographs were all taken during a visit in early 2017.

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Opalescence

The coastline south of Calais has been labelled the Côte d'Opale by the tourist publicists. The name does not come from nowhere. The beaches are enormous at low tide, and so flat that they remain wet for long after the waves have retreated. Catching the afternoon and evening light, they reflect the subtle colours of pale opals.

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Fine art print photography
A photographer of people, musical and theatre performance, and thematic concepts that lend themselves to graphical exploration.
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About me

I am a photographer living in Cambridge, UK. My work as a geologist, environmental scientist and amateur musician has taken me around the world and has given me privileged opportunities to develop my photographic experience.

I take photographs for pleasure, on commission and for sale.

I have a particular interest in:

  • People photography – portraits in particular
  • Performance photography, particularly music making
  • The relationship between the natural and built environments

I am a member and a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society.

Commissions and sales

I will undertake commissions in the areas I specialise in, illustrated by the examples on . They include, for example:

  • Portraiture
  • Headshots
  • Music and performance
  • Visual arts

To avoid disappointment, please note that I am not a wedding photographer!

Many of my photographs are available for sale as prints. Unmounted, mounted and framed prints can be obtained through  in London using links on . Paul Ashley Photography is not responsible for the printing quality and workmanship of prints supplied by The Print Space. Within certain size and shape limits, I will also print, mount and frame photos to order.

Please contact me to make a preliminary inquiry.

Technical matters

My images have been taken with a number of different cameras, mainly Leica SL, Leica M240, Leica M9, Ricoh GRD-IV or a smartphone. I shoot in raw format where possible.

I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for post processing. My goal is to reduce adjustment to a minimum by maximising quality in-camera. However, I treat post-processing as a valid tool for making better images – realism is only sometimes my aim.

I have no permanent studio, but borrow or hire venues for portraiture as required – I prefer shooting on location (indoors or outdoors). I have a mixture of Profoto and Nikon studio and speed-lights, with Elinchrom, Chimera and other modifiers.

If you would like more information on how these images have been produced, please contact me.