Ashley Blakeney is a Los Angeles based freelance/fine art photographer and writer originally from New Haven, CT and a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Creative Writing and Photography. Ashley began her study of photography at 14 after being inspired by her Great-Uncle Reggie Jackson. Uncle Reggie was a true renaissance man and photographed everything from jazz greats like Duke Ellington & Dizzy Gillespie to Big Ben during WWII. After being gifted her first camera at the age of 15, Ashley knew art was her path and was determined to create at all costs. The constant source through all of Ashley’s creative processes is music. Music provides the energy and therapy needed to work through each project. Darkrooms are never silent and pen never move without headphone motivation. Ashley’s passions have always informed one-another—from creating vignettes inspired by photographs to using her writing background to inform visual narrative in her images, it is imperative that her passions overlap. Ashley’s textual inspiration comes from the writings of Saul Williams, Sesshu Foster, and Edwidge Danticat—to name a few. Her visual inspiration comes from Andre Wagner, Yumna Al-Arashi, Larry Clark, and Lyle Ashton Harris. Ashley holds a passion for diversifying institutions within the fine art fields and creating avenues to make “high art” more accessible to the masses. Alongside breaking down the white walls of institutionalized art, Ashley desires to inform youth of their power by encouraging them to use their visual and poetic voices.