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The Trump International Hotel and Tower, also known as Trump Tower Chicago and Trump Tower, is a mixed-use luxury skyscraper developed by The Trump Organization featuring the Trump Hotel with 339 luxury condominium hotel suites, award-winning The Spa at Trump, Four Star restaurant Sixteen, and 486 luxury residential condominiums including the city’s highest price fetched for a high rise penthouse. As of 2015, the hotel is one of seven in Chicago with an elite five-star rating and the building hosts a restaurant that is one of five in Chicago with at least a Michelin Guide two-star rating. Completed in 2009, the 92-story tower rises 1,361 feet and was designed by Adrian Smith from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). The building received instant fame on the first season of the TV show The Apprentice when Bill Rancic chose to manage to construction of the tower as his first place price. In addition to its superlative height, the tower is highly contextual. The glass-clad skyscraper steps back at different floors to match the scale of neighboring structures. At the tower’s base, a landscaped promenade descends three levels until it meets the Chicago River-making this the first major building in Chicago's central business district to take full advantage of its waterfront location. While still under construction, Trump Tower was featured in the climax of The Dark Knight, and was a key set piece in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
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.