As I lay here with a fire in the background..

..I’m all curled up in bed, ready for a heavy content sleep, and I can hear the fire in the living room crackle softly, filling the house with warmth, I can hear my friends’ breathing already heavy into sleep, or so I can imagine/feel it from beyond the open door-frame. Orange licks of firelight tease their way almost unnoticed across the wall a reminder of the warmth of the night, an evening spent in the company of 3 spectacular women indulging on good company good food good drink and good musicians live*.

Mendocino, April 2011

Full on into the colder seasons now, with Autumn finally showing a triumphant and spectacular sight to behold, and laying here tonight with this night so close and closing down around me, I find myself thinking of another cozy house.. carried on my way to sleep by a ring of good women gathered around a warm fire in the winter months earlier this year, and then waking up to a glorious early forest morning. Then I was a guest in her home, tonight she is cocooned in a blanket for a sleep cycle in front of my warm little fire. The locations may change, but the quality of person and root elements stay the same, reminding me yet again it so often isn’t where you are, but what you are doing and who with that provide moments of consequence. Yeah, yeah, corny, but true.

* although, for future reference, I do not recommend the Fox Theater in Oakland for sound quality, and think I’m going to make a habit of avoiding going to shows here even when the line up is tantalizing. not worth it. too boom-y.


About jordangordon

Ashley Jordan Gordon is a freelance photographer currently based out of San Francisco, California. Ashley works in Portrait and Editorial photography, as well as being trained and still working in Documentary and Fine Art. Some of Gordon's more notable accomplishments include being exhibited in the UK's National Portrait Gallery for the Photographic Portrait Prize, and being featured on National Geographic. She graduated from University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies and an emphasis in Documentary Photography in 2007. She is available for assignment, either domestic or abroad. Website: All original images and words on this website are © copyrighted and sole property of Ashley Jordan Gordon –these images shall not be used for any reason nor shall they be reproduced without the expressed consent of Ashley Jordan Gordon
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