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Meet Ransom Ashley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ransom Ashley.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I got into photography when I was about 14 years old. I remember finally getting a camera for Christmas after growing fascinated with the idea of being able to tell stories without having a 20 person crew. I suppose I always evaluated things from a production standpoint, having dreamed of being an actor and filmmaker for much of my childhood. I was raised in a southern baptist church and school that was quite detrimental to me on a psychological level, but creativity and my photography became an outlet for me to express a lot of the emotions I was feeling at the time. I feel I was most understood when seen through my work so, in a way, it became a primary form of communication for me.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been a journey of mountains and valleys. So much of the pain I endured when I was coming of age allowed me to find myself in ways that I think those who have never been ostracized for being different rarely do. It’s impossible to take one without the other and so much of what I am saying through my work is rooted in my past experiences. While it is difficult to struggle, it’s beautiful for me to be able to channel those struggles into work that hopefully connects with others.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Ransom Ashley – what should we know?
I am a photographer and actor primarily known for my work on identity and coming of age in the American South. I’m most proud of the work that I’ve done that sheds light on the more marginalized parts of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
One person, in particular, is my partner Hunter Coleman who deserves so much credit for the endless support and motivation he provides me. He works in finance but is always so eager to help me realize my artistic projects.


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