misha ashton photography


DAY 2 - Wednesday, March 21st 2012 - Queen Mine, Bisbee, AZ

After spending so much time at the SNP, we raced down to Bisbee, AZ to take a tour of the Queen Mine. We got there with 10 minutes to spare before the last tour of the day started. I took just a few photos before the tour and spent the rest of it filming with my GoPro video camera. If you ever get the chance, it is a definite recommendation. Just make sure you have more than an hour or two so that you can explore the town as well. The town was so cute, houses and buildings built into the hillsides.

After we left the mine, we had a 4 hour drive to Las Cruces, NM were we stayed the night at my friends’ Stacey and Robert’s house. Best part about that portion of the drive, listening to The Hunger Games as an audio book. I read the series last summer, and now only 7 chapters in, Sarah is hooked as well. -misha

New Orleans . Part 2 . Cemeteries

I was quite surprised at how early the cemeteries in New Orleans close their gates. My favorite time to photograph is just before sunset, sadly you can only stand at the gates and peer in at that time. Their cemeteries are so lovely, feel I need to make it a point to hit just about ever one of them in New Orleans. This will definitely be a chapter in my next book.

All photos taken with 35mm slide film, cross processed. Some of them with my Lomo LCA and some of them with my Nikon F100.

- - -

The Gates

Double Exposure Series

A few new images to add to my double exposure series, Flora and Fauna. All images taken with my Minolta X-570, with expired slide film, cross processed.

You can see the rest of them from this roll on my flickr site here.

- - -

Washington DC

- - -

Kingsland, Georgia

- - -

Chicago, IL

- - -

New York, NY

Road trip to Ausitn, TX - Day 3

These are nothing special, but I am still learning my 360 Spinner camera that Cade got me for my birthday a few years back. I have been using expired print film and I have not been to happy with the results. I just cant quite bring myself to buy pro film until I get use to it a bit better. You only get about 9 shots or so with each roll.

Photos of the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon, 2011

New Orleans . Part 6 . City Park/Voodoo Fest

I believe this is the last set of photos from Cade’s and my 8 year anniversary trip to New Orleans. One of the days we were there, we went to an amazing music festival called VooDoo Fest. We got to see the Raconteurs, TV on the Radio, Cheap Trick, and Portugal the Man. The event is held in City Park each year on the weekend of Halloween. If you ever get the chance, you should definitely go, and if not, you should at least make your way to City Park. The only thing I remember from my childhood about the park is going on walks and the Snowball stand. If you have never had a snowball, HAVE TEN!!! It is the New Orleans version of the snow cone, but with shaved ice instead of crushed, and on top of the many flavors to choose from, they top it with condensed milk, YUM!

Super messy, super sticky, super yum!!


Well, with one hour to spare, I have met my goal for my kickstarter. That means that over the next week I will finish the design process and get it off to the printers. OH JOY! I will have my first published book in my hands in less than 2 months. I am so overwhelmed with emotions right now. Thank you so much for everyone who backed the project and for everyone else who helped get the word out there by writing blog posts and posting it on facebook and twitter.

I officially pre-sold 53 copies of my book!!!!


Here is another sneak peek at one of the spreads from the book.

Road trip to Austin, TX - Day 3, HOOVER DAM


After leaving Vegas, which by the way, the hotel we stayed at had bed bugs, AWESOME!!! We made our way towards my friends house in Las Cruces, NM. Our first stop of the day was Hoover Dam, which if you have never been, you should. It is quite the site, and I am a sucker for Art Deco. With our car packed to the brim, we of course got pulled over at the check point, having to get out and be searched. All was good though, just got picked on about how crazy we were for traveling in such an over packed car by the sweet and scary military men.

It wasn’t a long stop on the trip, we just walked across on one side and back on the other, taking the time to snap a few shots. Also, this is the trip that started me having to have my photo taken with every state border sign. Hoover Dam is right on the border of Nevada and Arizona.

- - -

Lomo LCA, Cross-Processed Slide Film, 200iso

- - -

New Orleans . Part 3 . Dixie Brewery

I remember exactly where I was when I heard that Hurricane Katrina had destroyed many parts of New Orleans, I was devastated. Having grown up in there until I was 10 years old, it has always been home to me.

If you know my art at all, you know I love photographing broken, rusty and dilapidated things. One of the days of our trip, we rented a car so we could go explore, and visit my old neighborhood. While driving around, we came across the old Dixie Brewery and found a quick easy way inside. I wish we had a bit more time and I had a bit more of a variety of film with me, but here are some of the photos I took with my Lomo LCA and had cross-processed.

Enjoy and stay tuned the rest of the week to see many many more shots from my trip to NOLA.

Chicago 1

Last year for my 30th Birthday I bought a 30 day train ticket and traveled across country. I had an art show in each city I stopped in and took lots of photos along the way. My first stop was Chicago for the Renegade Craft Fair (which I will be at again this year in September). The train ride from Portland Oregon to Chicago is a 48 hour trip. I found myself sleeping and reading most of the way.

It took me forever to get all the negatives scanned… roll one, Downtown Chicago and the Field Museum.

Lomo LCA, slide film cross processed.


Being the first true day of spring here in Portland, meaning first day over 60degrees and sunny and flowers blooming, I have found it hard to concentrate on my work. So I took a few hours to go out and photograph the flowers. While the roll was being developed I had some Ben and Jerry’s and sat in the sunshine. As soon as it gets dark out, Im going to take the negatives and boil, burn and salt them and see what fun things I come up with. Happy weekend everyone!!!

photos taken with my Nikon F100, expired fuji slide film, cross processed and double exposed.