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Authentic: Johnathan Ashton

IF YOU READ every historical marker or plaque you pass, you’ll find an immediate kinship with Johnathan Ashton. He’s a poet, photographer, music producer, and video artist. And he recently put his talents to use to create “Historical Landmarks,” a short film showcasing West Chester’s architecture and history.

“History is my passion, and to preserve it I use my camera,” he says.

A native of South Philadelphia, Johnathan moved to West Chester about 10 years ago, and was struck by its feeling of community and how much history is alive here. “When I was in grade school, we buried time capsules at school. Now we have a time capsule right in our hands,” he says, gesturing with his mobile phone.

Through his multimedia company, Levels Visuals Prime, Johnathan partnered with Malcolm Johnstone of the West Chester Business Improvement District to create “Historical Landmarks,” which explores West Chester’s historic buildings, architecture, and important milestones. The BID rolled out the video as the first of four installments on the Downtown West Chester Facebook page in May. It can also be seen on Levels Visuals Prime site, at LevelsVisuals.com.

Johnathan founded Levels Visuals Prime in 2014, with a goal to support the community. “Making every moment beautiful is my goal,” he says.
“Which directly correlates with my love of history.”

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