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the other side of the ocean


I recently spent a month in San Francisco with my best friend. It’s taken me a little bit of time to gather photos, my thoughts and myself after returning, and I know I left a big piece of myself on the other side of that puddle we call the pacific. I visited for the first time last year, and by pure coincidence I found myself meeting Leah at the airport once again, exactly one year later. To the day.

Somehow, the internet gave me the most wonderful best friend imaginable. This woman is amazing and sometimes I find it hard to believe we haven’t known each other since we were four years old.

While I was there, I spent many hours wondering coastal trails and watching the pacific from my new favorite beach. It was time spent perfectly, exactly what my soul needed.

I pretended to be a local while exploring surrounding neighborhoods.

I spent time with the most wonderful people, discovered places I know I’ll visit again and revisited places I’ve missed…

We had the most amazing day road tripping up the coast…

and for once, the universe put me in the right place, at the right time…

Leaving was incredibly difficult. But I came home knowing the pacific isn’t so vast after all, and that home isn’t made of walls or earth. It’s made of people.

All images ©2010 Ashley Oostdyck


San francisco


The past couple of weeks have been amazing. I’ve been exploring San Francisco, staying with my best friend and hanging out like we never get to do, and shooting a little film. I never expected to make friends with my iPhone camera though… but I’m kinda enjoying it.

It’s going to be very hard to leave this much wonderful behind.

note to self:


Spend more time in magical places filled with light and fog.

The Hinterland is somewhere I don’t visit too often, which is a bit of a shame. It’s a beautiful place, made of rolling hills, deep valleys and gorgeous rainforest. And most of all, peace and quiet.

polaroid originals


After polaroid week I took the opportunity to sift through my polaroid archives. It seemed a shame to have them all tucked away in a box, and it was wonderful to revisit those little squares filled with memories. I’ve decided to sell a few of my favorite originals, including one I shot for spring polaroid week. It’s going to be so hard to part with these, originals have a special feeling that digital scans can’t quite replace. They represent parts of my life, and in many cases, precious memories. But I do love the idea that they might find their way to new homes.

These original, one of kind polaroids will be available in my shop for one week starting today…

Each polaroid has been mounted in 8×10 matting, is signed, dated and ready for framing.

I’ll also be offering free worldwide shipping on all originals.

Hope to see you in the shop!



These are from one Saturday a few weeks ago (the margarita was in the PM part). It was a such a lovely day, filled with good company and favorite things. I’m looking forward to more of the same in the near future.


polaroid week


Last week was Spring Polaroid Week 2010 and it was an absolute blast! These are a few of my submissions, and you can see the whole set over here.

It was so inspiring to see all the amazing work people submitted to the pool. A week filled with passion and beauty was exactly what I needed, and I’ll be looking forward to the next ‘roid week (hopefully with new film to play with too). Do yourself a favor, and check out a few of my personal faves from the week.

I’m also super excited to announce that I’ll be selling a selection of my original polaroids in the shop later this week! Some of my favorites from Polaroid Week (see above), along with a few others will be available to purchase for a very limited time, so stay tuned!

coffee and kangaroos


and a pink flamingo and a princess and a rainbow.
the best of weekends.