Piece description from the artist
The Manor House in the historic Bryn Mawr district of Edgewater in Chicago. Built in 1908 in the Tudor Revival style, it has always been a multi-unit property, despite rumors stating it was once home to the British Consulate and/or home to the British Consul General. This has never been proven, and oft denied, although recently the current British Consulate has suggested it is indeed possible the British Consul General lived in one of the units for a brief time. The full original floor plans have been recovered and show that the residences contained 12-16 rooms, and two of the grand units contained ballrooms. The apartments rented for $200-$250 (the equivalent of $6000-$7000 today).
Ashland grew up in Southeast Virginia surrounded by lush rural landscapes, great protected swamp lands, national & state parks, the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, the breathtaking Skyline Drive & Blue Ridge Mountains, and the inlets & oceans of Virginia & North Carolina.
It was this constant variation in natural beauty that first drew his eye to the camera; that, and the constant joy of capturing life's candid moments on film. Although no particular subject is banned from the lens of Ashland's camera, it is landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, and nature that truly captures his heart.
"There's always more to see, more to learn, more to be wowed about-I just hope you enjoy what I see in the world."
A constant staple on the likes of Instagram, Flickr, and Facebook, Ashland currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, and looks forward to many more years of development, collaboration, creativity, world travel, and art.