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David Westphal

Photographer + Director

Los Angeles



Q: What song do you play on repeat?

A: Currently, it is The "Giant" Anything by New Order / Joy Division is top of list.

Q: What's the best way to start the day?

A: Meditation

Q: What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?

A: I wish I knew how to time travel. I'd love to see dinosaurs. It would have been cool to see them in person without getting stepped on. Another mystery I'd like to know the answer to is related to Mars. My goal is to go there someday so I'd like to make sure we can live there first.

Q: What are some things you had to unlearn?

A: How to work a 9-5 job M-F.

Q: What fictional place would you most like to go?

A: I would like to go into the middle of the Reservoir Dogs movie. Every scene. Then I want to go into the Matrix and hang out with Morphius.

Q: What book impacted you the most?

A: I am currently reading Warmth of Other Suns which is an eye opening book about the great migration and just how prevalent systemic racism is in our country. One of my all time favorites is a book called The Power of One which is about the strength of spirit and how perseverance makes a life worth living.

Q: What risks are worth taking?

A: Any risk is worth taking if it leads to a deeper, more meaningful understanding of life or how to live it.

Q: What do you spend the most time thinking about?

A: I spend most days thinking about when and where I will go next. Where is my next trip and when will it take place. The next question or thing I think about when I'm on my trip is what picture will I take.

Q: How has your work evolved over the past few years?

A: Covid has been a blessing in disguise in some ways. I was forced to stop and take a breath. I asked myself what was I doing, who I was and what was my future. All of these questions and really, taking a break from shooting provided me an opportunity to look into myself - soul searching. What I found was something wonderful and beautiful. A renewed love for the photographic image as well as a desire to make art. Whatever that art is, I am inspired. In this process, I also gained a new way to look at my photography. I started to see something that I hadn't in the past. My work looked different to me. I started to see something within my voice that I had missed. Because of my awareness, my approach to each shot has changed dramatically. With this new confidence, I discovered that my voice had always been there, just not at the forefront of my thoughts and intentions.

Q: One thing you can't show up to a shoot without - Besides a camera ;)

A: My crew. The only way that I can have a successful shoot is with a supportive and well-connected crew. Although I am the tip of the spear, my crew allows me to fly through the air, hitting the target. Without their support, I cannot succeed. I work hard to have a good crew that gets along even during the most challenging situations and who feel that I care about them.


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