After graduating with a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, London, (2012) Ashley quickly decided to combine his love of art and performance, leading him to pick up his first camera and begin shooting. A self-taught shooter, Ashley began his career by making films for fashion brands eventually progressing to directing music videos and editing for commercial clients such as Nike, DKNY and Seat.
In 2015, he directed the digital content for the West End production of ‘American Idiot’ and has since developed this for two subsequent productions including a U.K tour. He continues to freelance for many commercial clients and advertising agencies, directing and editing pitches and online projects.
He directed a series of factual and creative shorts exploring themes of masculinity in homosexuality as part of the ‘Being A Man’ festival at The Royal Festival Hall. In October 2016 he launched QUEERCIRCLE, an initiative to support and promote the work of queer artists. In February 2017 he completed his first monthly commission with the social app Grindr, a series online films exploring a variety of themes. New projects in 2017 will include broadcasting a live weekly conversation between artist and activist as part of QUEERCIRCLE, alongside a series of factual and creative projects with Grindr and on-going projects with Open Society Foundation.