I was shocked last night to be told the news that Ashley Maile, Photographer best known for his work with AP and Kerrang and Brighton resident, passed away this week.
I haven’t been able to get in touch with anyone to find out what happened but he was young. Too young to be exiting stage left in 2013. When he moved to Brighton he became a frequent face at the front when I was still shooting gigs and I spent many an evening chatting about everything and nothing with him, captivated by his pleasant company,trans Atlantic twang and ability to wear sunglasses as a headband and combat shorts regardless of the time of year.
In true skill swap style I traded web skills with shutter skills and we would regularly meet up for a drink and talk about what I was doing and how I could improve my work.
Ashley was a guy who was always happy to talk to you and he gave me a few jobs lighting studio shots for his work and helped me get a few gigs with some magazines which I am eternally thankful for. He taught me etiquette, grace under fire and that big leather wristbands will never go out of style in rock and roll.
You can always tell one of Ashley’s shots when you’re flicking through a mag. Some of my favourites have to be the Jeep shoot with Funeral For A Friend, his Metallica black and whites for TG and his shots of Telegraphs at Helingly Hospital.
One of a kind.