Kurdistan, Iraq Color Fest

On my recent trip to Kurdistan, Iraq with the amazing Mercury One we had a little down time to take in the first ever festival of colors in Sami Abdulrahman Park, Erbil, hosted by the Nishtiman Youth Network (NYN)

Color Fest was happening the day after we arrived in Iraq. This was the first large gathering of Kurdish young people (aged 13 to 30 and some “young at hearts” like us) celebrating ethnical, religious, and cultural diversity in the region. This festival took place a couple days before their Independence referendum vote.

Every Kurdish youth must have been there. It was a celebration of freedom and independence! With techno music blaring from the stage, they threw color powder in the air and at one another while a helicopter dropped rose petals from the sky. It was not too long ago that that ISIS controlled this region. It was incredible to experience and be part of this jubilation and celebration of normalcy and unity for all those that have weathered through turmoil and crisis.

According to Wikipedia, On 25 September 2017 Kurdistan held their referendum vote with preliminary results showing approximately 93 percent, cast in favor of Kurdistan independence. The referendum’s legality was rejected by the federal government of Iraq.

BURNERS ESSENCE

SAVE THE DATE!

I Hope you will join us when I team up with the amazing artist Steve Tate, as Art Meets Photography Tate-Lock Exhibition on September 28, 2017 at 6pm.

I will be showcasing my “Burners Essence” project with never before seen work!

BURNERS ESSENCE

Burning Man is a weeklong event held once a year in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, that experiments in community, art, radical self-expression and self-reliance. All are welcome. A unique and distinctive culture emerges from the experience.

The focus and intent of my Burning Man series titled, “Burners Essence” is to capture a sense of theater and play, and collectively explore the vivid lives each of us possesses within. Now, finally after six years in the making, I am ready to release the series.

I first started what turned into this project in 2009, at my first “burn”. I was trying to document the whole thing. I had no intentions other than my love of visual storytelling. One particular day, I was shooting at Center Camp, and found myself completely overwhelmed! I remember putting my camera down in my lap and thinking to myself, “I don’t belong here”. I hopped on my bike and headed back to my camp.

As I rode to camp feeling defeated, I looked at all the beautiful people I was passing by. And then it hit me; Burning Man is about all the beautiful people; beautiful in spirit and essence. Burning Man is about unlocking their freedom of expression. It’s about them! When I got back to camp I took out an old red sheet we were going to use as part of our shower, I hung it up and started inviting these beautiful people in to be photographed. I found my gift to give and my belonging at Burning Man!

Since 2009, I have returned to Burning Man in 2011, 2013 and 2014. I have given the same gift of a portrait session to other “burners” each year. When I invite them in to be photographed, I don’t really give them any direction, all I say is, “I want you to express yourself in your best Burning Man fashion”. What I get to experience and photograph are magical moments capturing their “essence” and freedom of expression during one of the best times in their lives. What they get is my gift that will last a lifetime, a fond memory of their time at such a magical place where they feel included and are able to express themselves without being judged.

When I started this project, I was a U.S. Military Combat Photojournalist in the Air Force (I actually retired September 1, 2013, while at Burning Man). I love visual storytelling. I thrive on “working” stories, diving into each experience and living for a moment in a world outside of my norm. With the military I captured the essence of the world’s peoples, tragedies, celebrations, and everyday realities. The reason why I wanted to capture these images at Burning Man is because it was rejuvenating for me to “PLAY”, and lose myself after the seriousness of war. This was a place to be creative, and a time for me to set aside photojournalism, and the structure of the military. This is the place I discovered the artist inside me.

New Website Is Up and Running!

Recently, I was lucky enough to have a studio session with one of the Real Housewives of Dallas! It helps that she is my wife!!! Oh yea, and What better way to launch a new and fresh website! Still working out a few tweaks here and there, but I hope you will take a few minutes and have a look around.

Photography: Jeremy Lock
Hair: Liz Contreras
Makeup: Leticia Garcia

The Rumors Are True!

The rumors are true! This real housewife of Highland Park is a Real Housewife of Dallas! #RHOD #August14th #ComingSoon

Proud of you my sweet love!!! Hold on tight and let the fun begin! Love you!

Photography: Jeremy Lock
Hair: Liz Contreras
Makeup: Leticia Garcia
Outfit: Tootsies

Guess Who Is Back?

I am soooo happy and honored to be back!!!! Any guesses as to what this will involve???? Stay tuned, its coming up fast!!!

First Place In The Rangefinder Magazine “The Portrait” Competition

I received some great news late last week and have been contemplating on releasing it yet or not. The portraits from my Ghana trip earlier this year took 1st place in the Rangefinder magazine “The Portrait” competition. I guess a teaser look is ok! We are very close to finishing up and are getting ready to start pitching/releasing the project. Fingers crossed that we will find a good home for this amazing story!

View more images from the series

Prison Fellowship

Another little project I have been working on: Prison Fellowship is the largest Christian nonprofit out reach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families. Founded in 1976, this program brings restoration to those affected by crime and incarceration in all 50 states by facilitating prisoners’ transformation, supporting prisoners’ families and returning citizens, and advocating for a criminal justice system that reflects the God-given dignity and potential of each life.

Road-tripping!!!

I love a good road trip! Unfortunately my wife D’Andra Simmons can’t stand sitting in a car for a long time. (Her expression on her face in the first photo says it all) Thank you honey for an amazing and fun trip to SC to see our son graduate! I couldn’t think of a better road-tripping partner than you!!! Koen Lock, again we are so proud of you!!!

Behind The Scenes of 2017 Cancer Blows: The Legends Return

Behind The Scenes of 2017 Cancer Blows: The Legends Return.
Once again, my wife D’Andra Simmons and I had the pleasure as Event Chairs working with the amazing charity Cancer Blows. And again, it was an honor to photograph the legends!!! Here is a look behind the scenes of me doing what I LOVE! Big thanks to Gary & Jesse O’Riley with Go Man Productions for the piece. Here are a couple teasers of the portraits.

Huffington Post

So awesome to see my story picked up by the Huffington Post!!! Huge thank you to the ever so talented and fun to work with writer Taylor Ashley on your help with this project! And thanks ViewFind for pushing out our stories further!!!