William Street, Downtown New Bedford, MA


I’m in love with my city for so many reasons, but first and foremost because of it’s incredible, historic charm. Known as ‘The Whaling City,’ the city’s downtown streets still boast original cobblestones, old lampposts, and antique storefronts. I’m so thankful that of all the places to live in this city, this is where I am – right in the heart of it all. With December’s arrival, I can’t help but secretly wish the city was covered in snow. There’s just something about the snow that brings the spirit of the season out.

This photo was actually taken in February of this year, right after the Hurricane of 2013 – Storm NEMO. The very next day when the storm calmed, not a soul could be seen downtown ( I LOVE THIS!! ), so I bundled up and ventured out with my camera…. It was FREEZING but so worth it. Cars were buried, doors and entrances were plowed in, except this street had been freshly plowed. It was 3:00 and the lanterns had just turned on and I ended up with this perfect shot of the city. After an overwhelming amount of interest on Facebook when this photo was first posted, I finally created this print into postcards and am now selling them at Muse-Studio downtown. The print will also be shown for some time at the New Bedford Art Museum.. My unofficial photography has gone official!!!

If interested in purchasing, email me at ashleybendiksen@aol.com
*Postcards mail out same-day
Small, standard-sized postcards are $1.00 each.
Jumbo, (awesome), extra-large postcards are $2.50 each; or 5 for $10.00
12×18 print only is $65.00
12×18 print matted (on black or white matte) is $135.00

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine….” Newport, RI


“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”   ~Walt Whitman

I’m in love with this photo… I am obsessed with the image of birds flying at dusk (more specifically, geese over marshes with cattails). Just last week, I needed a serious dose of fresh air and given an unusual (or typical) New England 60-degree day in November, I set off for Newport, RI for a bike ride.  Fourteen miles later, I was invigorated from completing Ocean Drive, and then some, and that I had a camera full of incredibly beautiful photos!  More more more to come….!

“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea…” Newport, Rhode Island


“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.”  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

An incredible photo, almost unreal, taken in Newport, RI on November 2nd, 2013. This rare, 65 degree day seemed perfect for a 10-mile bike drive on Ocean Drive. Not only was the ride great, but the view was breathtaking. While in Argentina, my host mother had pointed out how incredible our oceans seem to become ‘mirrors’ like glass… she thought it might have something to do with our water temperature… whatever the reason, never had I ever noticed how reflective our oceans are. Truly, they are incredible!


Puente del Inca, Argentina


Yesterday, I bumped into an old friend who said, “I thought you were overseas!”  Time sure does fly. I returned 15 months ago, but it got me thinking…. imagine if that was true? While some find it admirable that I left the country for one month, I so envy people who pack up, head overseas, and entirely relocate – starting a new life, new job, new people!  Incredible!  Would I ever move to Argentina? No. But I have this relentless urge to go back ASAP.

This awesome photo was taken at Puente del Inca. Eventually destroyed by landslides, a main railroad passed by the area. Because of its hot springs, the site at one point hosted a thermal resort and spa – the Hotel Puente del Inca. While landslides destroyed both the railway and the hotel, only a small colonial chapel was left standing, seemingly unaffected, untouched….