I learned design at university, but I cut my creative teeth in concert pits.
I shot everyone from hipster bands whose beards were longer than their careers, to Rihanna and her umbrella, Bon Jovi and his hips, and my personal favourite, The Used and Bert’s, well, Bertness.
I muscled between burly men and their Slipknot.
I hustled between screaming girls and their Bieber.
I dodged elbows. I ducked bottles. I sidestepped bursts of fire.
And I loved every second of it.
Because during the late night shows and week-long festivals – in amongst the crowds and the lights and all the harmonious chaos – I found my eye.
Those years with a lens in hand taught me everything I needed to know to be the designer I am today.
I know what it’s like to have to fight your way to the front.
I know what it’s like to jostle shoulder-to-shoulder with your competition.
I know what it’s like to try to discover your unique angle amongst the noise.
I know what it takes to move from page-three-good to front-cover-EPIC.
How I shot then is exactly how I design now. With purpose. With passion. With an unending desire to create a visual that captures the vibe you’re putting out so they’ll want to pick it up by the mother-fucking armful.
I’m Kristen Ashton. And I’m your new designer.
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Copyright © Kristen Ashton 2017