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Chicago has been called a Museum of Architecture, and it continually upholds that honor with some of the newest, biggest, and boldest urban creations in the world while still maintaining towering masterpieces from over 100 years ago.
The Marina City complex was designed by Bertrand Goldberg as a “City within a city” and completed in 1964. The two 61-story twin towers reach a height of 587 feet, and when completed were the tallest residential buildings in the world as well as the tallest reinforced concrete structures. This was also the first time tower cranes were used for construction. The complex occupies an entire city block along the bank of the Chicago River and includes the twin towers, a public concourse & plaza, a 16-story commercial office building, a theatre complex (which is now home to House of Blues), a bowling alley, a swimming pool, 3 restaurants, ice rink, sky lobby observatory, a 360 ° open-air rooftop deck, and of course a marina. The ice skating rink was removed to make room for a new restaurant, and Hotel Chicago now occupies what was once the office building. The towers have won numerous awards for design & innovation, and the design has since been copyrighted as intellectual property of the residents. Marina City has been featured in such Hollywood productions as The Hunter, The Blues’ Brothers, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Dark Knight, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and were featured on Wilco’s 2002 album cover for Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
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.
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