Last Post

This will be my last post on this blog.

I would like to thank everyone who has followed me, I have enjoyed reading your comments and will respond to any further questions or comments before I close this blog end of August.

Hope you enjoy the following images: These were taken on an enjoyable days Safari Session with Wild Arena  at Woburn Safari Park

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I have spent some time reviewing my on-line presence. This has resulted in me creating a new website as well as moving it to a new provider.  I am now using Instagram to post single images, and my Facebook page for images with a bit more detail behind them.

Instagram:             @michaeljlocke

Best wishes


New Direction

I have been interested in documentary, reportage and environmental portraiture for a long time. But, I felt I needed to gain a better understanding of  what makes a really good environmental portrait.  To achieve this I invested in some training at a Leica Masterclass held at the Leica Akadamie in Mayfair with two of the Uk’s top environmental portrait photographers, Justin Sutcliffe, and Sarah Lee.

These three images are of Gary, a fellow photographer.

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Chapter House Choir, York (II)

My second visit to this wonderful choir was at the St Michael-le-Belfrey Church, York, the venue for their Carols by Candlelight concert on the 17th December. Their director Stephen Williams taking them through their paces and honing their singing until satisfied they were performing at their best.

A the end of the rehearsel I had an opportunity to get a few images of the “Hand Bell” team. I really enjoyed the melodious sound created by this talented group of people.

The location itself proved a challenge for my style of available light photography, with small spotlights mounted high in the roof of the church.

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Press Release

Very pleased to have received two Nominees in the 10th Annual “Spider Awards”


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“Chicago Alien”

“Chicago Alien” is an alternative view of the Kidney Bean,in Millennium Park, Chicago.

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“Hooded Follower”

“Hooded Follower” taken in Morocco whilst on a short holiday break.


10TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER MICHAEL J LOCKE FROM UK LOS ANGELES November 21st 2015 – Photographer, amateur Michael J Locke of UK, was presented at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, November 21, 2015, with the following 10th Annual Black and White Spider Awards:

Nominee in the category of Abstract

Nominee in the category of people

The live online gala was attended by over 10,000 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography. 10th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Bonhams, Random House, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Stockholm City Museum, Annenberg Foundation, Leo Burnett, FTM Art Advisory and Fratelli Alinari who honored Spider Fellows with 505 coveted title awards and 943 nominees in 31 categories. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,686 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Michael J Locke’s “Chicago Alien” Abstract Category, and “Hooded Follower” People Category, are exceptional images representing black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the titles of Nominee.” Jury member Diane Ruggie from Velocebella agency added, “The gallery of winners and runners up has true stopping power.

” BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.

Contact: Michael J locke




Chapter House Choir,York

I recently had the privilege of photographing a practice/rehearsal session of this choir. My thanks to a Helen Korndorffer for arranging, along with the committee and their Director Stephen Williams for allowing me to photograph them whilst the session was in progress, and at their rest break. My thanks also go to the singers who politely tolerated me on the evening.Locke.-Michael J-20151110-L00025

This is the Choirs 50th anniversary year with several concerts arranged over the Christmas period. The first one is 17th December “Carols by Candlelight” at St Michael-le-Belfrey Church, York.

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My favourite image from this 1st session has to be the humorous moment where Stephen was mimicking someone for the benefit of the choir, and the pianist has reacted to his story and acting. It is not a technically perfect image, but it conveys so much more than a pin sharp image taken with flash would.