David Lorenz Winston, “Ashland, Oregon”: Fifth of Thirty Three
Been to the Office of the Governor of Oregon recently? You probably saw David Winston’s work there. Next year, he will serve as an Artist in Residence at Willapa Bay AiR in Washington State. The list of his awards and honors is endless. And yet he entrusted little-old-me with his beautiful images when the book “Ashland, Oregon,” was just a glimmer in my eye! (I’d even call him and say, “David, I need a farm animal shot,” and he’d send me one.) A photographer-friend recently told me of the first time he met David Winston. He’d seen David’s famous image, “Solitude” on a poster many times, and actually became speechless when he met David here in Ashland. “Solitude” has become a photography icon, gracing hundreds of prints, note cards and publications for many years. People around the world relate to the strong, solitary tree and zig-zag fence that David captured in the snow. (I’ll bet you can now see that image in your mind!)
David’s work has a profound affect on people, but he is the most unassuming man you’ll ever meet! Whether he’s snapping a shot of a goat in a field, an antique plane covered by fog, or a winding dirt road, David takes the mundane landscape and makes it magical! There is a painterly quality about his work, with a style, reminiscent of his fellow Pennsylvanian idol, Andrew Wyeth. I often joke that only David can make an interstate highway overpass look breathtaking. With his talent, a good sense of humor, and an easy-going personality, it’s no wonder David is successful as a fine-art photographer. He’s often found on “First Fridays” at the Ashland Art Center, chatting amicably with patrons of the art and old friends. He also leads photographic safaris around the Ashland area. (I’ve heard his students never look through the lens the same way again!) David’s website is http://www.davidlorenzwinston.com/
In my Sixth blog about the book, Ashland, Oregon, you’ll meet photographer, Graham Lewis.
To purchase Ashland, Oregon and see more photos by David Lorenz Winston, as well as from all 33 photographers, go to the Order page of my website.