Ashley Lebedev | Bottle Bell

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I write visual hymnals.

Growing up, I was a wildly imaginative little creature person and could sense from very early on the power of [and my affinity for] things like animals, nature, old fairytales & fables. I would take day long walks in the horse pastures and forests I grew up on &'d dab crickety old sticks I'd find into the the waterwalks where there was never any rush of sound beyond wind in the high birch grove branches. I was fascinated by the light in forests & the metaphors nature so quietly held and showed to anyone willing to sit quiet enough and listen. I remember falling asleep in deer nests & waking up in herds that had gathered around me as I slept ... and I remember by ten years old I'd begun collecting an impressive array of various odd things from my little adventures out in the woods: horse hoof clippings, bird nests, pressed tree leaves from autumn's past, eagle feathers, quills, insect wings, bergamot & clovers. I would find old glass jars & put dried hydrangeas into them with a spritz of perfume to keep for years like a scientific experiment, seeing what would happen to the plant & to its perfect earthen smell.

When I wasn't out in the woods, I was growing up in auction houses & under tables at antique stores, with an antiquities dealer for a mum, which taught me to love history, old materials and lost treasures and things like abandoned houses that lined so many of the prairies that I wandered. The house was filled with old finds she would collect & salvage, like maxfield parrish paintings & andrew wyeth & through our inherited native american lineage, there were pieces of beadwork handed down, heirlooms in the house which hung near plenty of books about earth medicine & fairy lore.
For all of it, I was a sponge & great observer.

When I grew up, these things were all rooted into me. I couldn't unwind them from me now if I tried.

In 2006, I found a camera on a long weekend back at that farm, in my old closet & very soon after that moment, I knew I'd found my calling, which has always been simple: creating imagery.
I knew that I wanted to relay these pieces of myself & my veritable diary, to the world with the wild little girl driving the helm.

And so one day not long after I'd been discovering life through a lens, "Bottle Bell" was born - a metaphor & pseudonym that came to me one day while out walking those fields.
For those interested in the story of the name Bottle Bell, this particular interview covers that a bit better:

And so finally, now, about 7 years into being a photographer, I realize my heart & soul are not in conventional photography but instead lay in what is known as 'storyboarding' with three portfolios currently being worked on. They are stories with characters, which unfold and the grow longer, larger & more emotionally driven as I myself grow older, more into my life, into being an artist & woman.

Boards currently being conceptualized, casted & shot, are:

*Dust Bowl (A cinematic recreation of the Great Depression Era of American History)

*Faerieland (The Dark Woods are Waking...)


*Fable Hill (Because things really *do* go bump in the night | [A mystery which unfolds within the confines of an abandoned victorian manor house when noone is looking]



***For character & storyboard synopsis' as well as production notes on any of the boards (especially those within Faerieland) please visit my Facebook fan where it's all written in greater detailing & where I keep the background of these concepts and characters by each piece:

Thank you for visiting my little world & don't forget that you are filled in a secret place that you have always kept ...




spin spin,

Ash <3

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  • Ashley Lebedev

    Owner, Maker, Bird Of Passage. Purveyor Of Oddities. | Fingers That Get Into Everything. Eyes With Attention To Details.

    30 year old photographer & writer.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 29, 2022
Welcome to the storefront of Ashley Lebedev of Bottle Bell.

This store is the home of the STORYBOARD.

Please sit down & take a moment to immerse yourself.
Even if you are just passing through, I hope you can be enchanted by these pieces. Let them take you away to the magical realm(s) of storytelling. It's what they are all made & meant (both as a whole & individually) to do.


Since 2006, I have found there's something quite magical about putting collections of work together that take many years to bring to fruition, piece by piece, character by character. To grow with a collection & body of work is a labor of love and my favorite kind of creativity.

New work is continually released for each of these collections.

Returns and exchanges
I cannot refund prints damaged by post, especially those going abroad, as I lose the ability to track them as soon as they cross the border.

I highly recommend insuring your order, though I've never had a piece arrive damaged<<<<<

Insurance can be purchased upon request and is again recommended especially for larger or limited pieces. Please message me first.
I accept payment via PayPal | If you cannot pay via PayPal, I will happily consider money orders or cashiers checks.

All funds will need to clear before an order can be placed.

I do not accept payments via Western Union, Money Gram or bank account transfers.

Orders that are not paid for within 7 days will be cancelled.
Current Summer of 2015 shipping times are 1-2 weeks as I individually order and proof each purchase to ensure quality and colors are perfect ;) | when purchasing please bear this in mind, and I appreciate your cooperation and patience in this. ✨

I ship worldwide. Most items are shipped via USPS or FedEx.
If you'd like your print(s) insured, please drop a note before purchasing. [See refund policy for more]

Items are always shipped flat & packed with the utmost care.

Because of my shooting schedule, I only review/place orders once a week.

Please message me with specifics if you need something expedited or with a question.

Please bear in mind that all pieces come from my supplier & then to me for signing & a thorough quality check, before they are sent off to you.

Pieces ship in an archival plastic sheathing inside of another flat box to further ensure safety during movement.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you've seen work on another network or on my website & would like to purchase something not available on here, please message :)

Email: ashleylebedev [!at]