Q&A: Ashley Markle — Do you know how beautiful you are?

20.06.22

  1. Q. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy?
    A. Have as much fun as possible.
    Q. What will baffle future generations about our day and age?
    A. The fact that America still bought into a 2 party system and didn’t realize it was just an extension of capitalism.
    Q. Are you aware of any conspiracies?
    A. My favourite conspiracy is the “Bush did 9/11” phenomenon. I love the thought of Bush being at the forefront of anything. Our good looking, all-American cowboy puppet. We all know it was you, Cheney.
    Q. What is it that interests you about photography?
    A. Photography is the best medium to portray reality or non-reality. It can be a simple act of remembrance. It can be a way to completely rewrite a memory. It can be abstract and surreal. It combines most mediums of art into one. Film, painting, sculpture. I don’t think of myself as a photographer internally. I like to say I’m a painter of light. But only to myself, otherwise I sound pretentious.
    Q. What is the worst thing about city life?
    A. Lack of space.
    Q. What part of the planet would you like to explore?
    A. All of it. But my next trip is to Spain and Portugal.
    Q. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural?
    A. I don’t believe in ghosts or spirits. I think that’s another way that humans like to deal with the dooming thought that when we die, that’s it. But I do believe in an unquantifiable energy that controls the universe. It relates us together and we can feel it in connections with people or places.
    Q. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be?
    A. MLK Jr.
    Q. Pick a field of science to be an expert within.
    A. Anthropology.
    Q. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t?
    A. Not in the moment, but now I wish I had been shooting throughout my entire childhood.
    Q. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side.
    A. Professional soccer player.
    Q. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen.
    A. Every image in Périphérique by Mohamed Bourouissa.
    Q. How often do you take other people’s advice?
    A. About half the time. I pride myself on filtering through peoples’ advice and taking only what I believe will serve me.
    Q. Describe a personal hell.
    A. Living in LA
    Q. Which living person do you most admire?
    A. Nic Cage
    Q. On what occasion do you lie?
    A. When people reference a movie or song that I haven’t seen or heard. I just pretend I know what they’re talking about.
    Q. What was the last crime you witnessed?
    A. A man in my neighborhood walked out of a deli without paying for a 2 litre of coke. When the shop-owner stopped him, he said “I’ll pay when I know who I am.” He left and the shop-owner said he knows the guy and that he just has off days.
    Q. What is the best way to educate yourself?
    A. Just start doing it.
    Q. What is the next book you want to read?
    A. All about love by bell hooks
    Q. Ultimate camera?
    A. I have a Mamiya rz67, Nikon FE and canon sureshot. I don’t want anything else.
    Q. Most used camera?
    A. Canon sureshot
    Q. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength?
    A. I used to workout all the time and was the strongest girl I knew. Then the pandemic happened and I completely stopped lifting. I want to get back to a regimen but I can never muster the motivation to make it a habit.
    Q. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to.
    A. Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky meeting in secret.
    Q. Are impulses more important than consequences?
    A. Yes, live life to the fullest and learn from the consequences.
    Q. Which talent would you most like to have?
    A. I wish I was a dancer
    Q. What is your plan for the next 24 hours?
    A. Finish this shoot, cool dinner with my partner, sleep as much as possible then start driving to Ohio to shoot with my dad.

 


This work is a collaboration between my father and I, as we attempt to get to know each other after a 10 year absence. In some images, I am trying to understand our current dynamic. In others, we are building a foundation that existed only in fragments; and reliving a parent/child dynamic that we missed out on. He watches me not only as his daughter, but the woman I grew to be, with and without him. I observe him live his daily life, searching for answers to questions I had while we were apart. I piece together what I used to know about him with what I have now learned first-hand. These images exist as timeless moments given to my younger self who desperately sought to be seen and loved by my father. Through constructed scenes of fantasy-like memories, real moments we’ve shared, observations, and the use of my photographic tools, the work forms a complete view of an incomplete relationship.

Ashley Markle is an artist working with photography and mixed media as well as a lighting designer for photo & film. In her personal work, she explores relationships and the implications of the tropes of our society on those relationships.

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