The Adventures of April Ash is the brainchild of Stephanie Chadwick Haughton (chadwickhaughton.com). April, as a character, began life as a small spark twenty years ago. She has flamed into a storyline that is fueled by nostalgia. Haughton has always been inspired by film noir of the '40s and '50s, which provides a doorway to a dark, pessimistic and fatalistic world. But she is also inspired by the British spy genre of the '60s. The spy genre echoes the paranoia of film noir, but brings humor and camp to the table. Her goal is to include all these elements in her photography and storyline for the April Ash franchise.
Haughton is also interested in society's fascination with the human face and form. She is drawn to manufactured objects that represent the human form: mannequins, dolls, armatures, glass heads. It will be no surprise to learn, then, that the models for her images are 12" action figures.