Ashton completed an Applied Photography degree at Salisbury College of Art, one of the leading centres for photographic education in the UK, from where Ashton achieved a degree with ‘Distinction’. Straight from college Ashton embarked on a 2-year photographic world tour. This afforded him the time and space to explore and create his own unique photographic techniques. He returned to England from his travels with an impressive portfolio of work. Ashton based himself in London and over the past 20 years has been commissioned by advertising agencies J Walter Thompson, Leo Burnett London, Leagas Delaney London, Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Erickson, Ogilvy, Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R, VCCP, TBWALondon, BBH London and DDB London working on UK, pan-european and worldwide campaigns for many of their prestigious global clients.