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West Virginia photographer and filmmaker exhibits work at Lee Street Studios

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Mark Trent’s photographic work will be on display in an exhibit called “It Just Wasn’t Enough” at Lee Street Studios in Lewisburg through June. A free opening reception is this Friday evening from 5 to 8.

Mark Trent has traveled the world for his photography and film making career but he says he always misses West Virginia.

Trent said, "A lot of these images just came from my love of West Virginia. I grew up, I was born and raised here. I left for a while and it took me a long time to figure out how beautiful and special this place was...”

West Virginians feature prominently in his exhibit at Lee Street Studios in West Virginia.

Trent said, "I’ve always just kinda been into human life and who we are and where we are. And no matter where I go I try to kinda always just capture that. It’s what I’m always chasing. Sometimes it’s not the prettiest stuff but to me it is...”

The photographs featured in the exhibit cover 8 years of Trent’s observations of life in West Virginia including the opioid epidemic.

Trent said, "I was losing people that I cared about and people that I was leaning on for support when I was away from West Virginia was falling victim to it. So it was affecting me personally …”

Some of the photographs will be included in an expose on the opioid epidemic that Trent is doing for the New York Times. Trent still says that his West Virginian audience understands his work the best. 

Trent said, "A lot of the times when I have exhibits or I show work outside of the region people don’t understand the full story of what happens here. So for me this exhibit is really exciting to be having people that are from these areas that have seen things like this. It means a lot to me. It’s really special…”

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