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David Lorenz Winston snaps back

"My imagery is about discovery. It takes me to places I have never been, places that free me from the pressures of a clock driven world, places that heal." If a picture is worth a thousand words, these words, taken from David Lorenz Winston's Artist Statement, fairly sum up his pictures.

Winston, a recent addition to Ashland, takes photographs. Of everything. His website is brimming with photos of trees, children, architecture, quirky happenings, the Amish, the sea, the sky and piggies to boot.

"At first I really wasn't interested in photography," said Winston, whose father was also a photographer, citing a love for art, but also a desire to "find his own way." Winston's father, however, was more invested in the journalism side of photography, illustrating articles written by Winston's mother. But, while attending Penn State, Winston felt a pull towards photography after-all.

Winston feels, however, that he developed his interest in a much different vein. "I was very interested in the creative process," said Winston. In 1991, Winston had the opportunity to travel to Siberia to take photos for a book an acquaintance was writing. Initially, Winston was hesitant. "Siberia at the time was a pretty dangerous place to be. We were referred to us as "wild tourists." But eventually he was enticed. While that volume of work is as yet unpublished, it began a trend for Winston of travel related work. Throughout the late nineties, he traveled to Peru, India, Nepal and Tibet.

"I was very stimulated by these places," said Winston. "But I still feel my best work is done locally. Especially in terms of weather. (Through travel) You kind of get mesmerized by surface qualities and miss some of the best shots."

Still, Winston, a native of Philadelphia, found that getting out of his studio into nature to compose shots could take up to an hour. Eventually he became frustrated and has lived in Ashland since 2004, where, "I can get out of town in five minutes," Winston said. "We love the climate here, and the art scene. I really love being an artist in this community," said Winston. "It's a very special place to be and I feel very fortunate to live here."

Also, as Winston moved to Ashland he began to experiment with digital photography which he feels has since yielded some of his own work. "It's quite a difference, not spending $100 on ten rolls of film," said Winston.

"I've got a few niches, nature photography, trees, quirky shots of people; I cover a wide span and am lucky enough to do it pretty well," said Winston, who is getting ready for an Ashland art show in November.

Winston has found a good degree of accomplishment in his photography, having worked on nine children's books, a book of poetry, and collaborating with UNICEF, The National Wildlife Federation, Hallmark, Pomegranate Publications, Recycled Paper Products, Palm Press, Borealis Press, Artists to Watch and Bruce McGaw Graphics.

But Winston still finds enjoyment and inspiration in spontaneity, heading off to a hot air balloon gathering one week, a dog show the next or just heading to the coast looking for inspiration. "It's a hard field to break into," he said. "Especially the way I did it. Getting into the wedding photo market is easier, but I just do what I want to do."