"A journey through one of the most breathtaking countries I have had the pleasure of exploring. From the chaotic yet insightful city of Hanoi, trekking through indigenous Hmong communities to riding bikes through the rice fields of Hoi-An, Vietnam captured ME just as much as my camera could capture IT". - Ashley K. Barnes
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"While completing my first degree, when I was 21 years of age, I studied abroad in the country of Guatemala. My eyes were peeled open and I have never been the same. A few years ago, I went back with my camera to capture one of my favorite places, as well as photograph a medical clinic situated in Santa Cruz, Lago Atitlan. The Mayan Medical Aid, was started by MD Craig A. Sinkinson, and provides free healthcare for the Mayan indigenous of Lago, Atitlan. Along with a few photos from the clinic, the doctor arranged for me to meet the eldest mid-wife in the village, and between bright smiles, she allowed me to photograph her profound and giving presence". -Ashley K. Barnes
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Hopping around Europe.
"Amongst these many moments captured in Europe, the portraits displayed in this collection of the middle-aged man sitting outside, are of known journalist, Jacques Bergier. At the time, I had no idea who this man was, but as I was walking around a market in Paris, I spotted him. He had such a unique, strong, profound and interesting face that I could tell upon first glance that he had many stories. After he granted me permission to take his photo, we engaged in ongoing and intriguing conversation that was splattered with moments of the, sometimes, inevitable language barrier. However, I have learned from my travels, when people have a connection, the language barrier means very little. About a year later, I was contacted by a publication in Paris, France asking me permission to use these photos to honor Jacques, who had just passed away. Of course, I responded, 'oui et merci'". - Ashley K. Barnes
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France, Sicily, Switzerland, and Monaco.
"When I was 26-years of age, behind my office desk in Chicago, all I dreamed of was travel, adventure, learning language, and connecting to the world. So, I put on one backpack, and moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina where I knocked on doors trying to find English teaching jobs. Three years later, I was still there. My camera became my journal and at first was simply a place for me to go when I needed a creative outlet or was feeling the distance of home. People started asking about my photography, wanting to hire me for various projects, and inquiring about buying a piece. These precious photos are from my first years as a photographer, and thus, my favorite collection. There is pure heart here along with scattered pleasure and passionate connection for documenting an incredible part of our world."- Ashley K. Barnes
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Ashley K. Barnes was flattered to be chosen as the lead photographer for, Made in NY 2012. This was an event held at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan and honored the amazing performers who have come out of New York City. The evening included an intimate cocktail party with celebrities such as Meryl Streep, Robert de Niro, Ben Stiller, Whoopi Goldberg, Kelly Ripa, Joan Rivers, and the guests of honor, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. After the gathering inside Gracie Mansion, the group headed outside to the backyard where an elaborate award ceremony took place. It was a magical night.
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I. Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
Publication: Musee Magazine. New York New York
II. Location: Central Park, New York City
Publication: Vanity Fair. New York New York
III. Location: The Dominican Republic
Publication: CDC Yellow Pages: Health Information for International Travel
IV. Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Publication: El Teatro Colon Revista. Buenos Aires, Argentina
V. Location: Paris, France
Person: Journalist, Jacques Bugier
Publication: Le Monde France. Paris, France
VI. Location: The Swan House. Atlanta, Georgia
Publication: Basic Invite
VII. Publication: Matador Travel
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