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 Nature Photography of Craig Blacklock

Craig Blacklock, 1954-

Often working with his father, or former spouse, Nadine, Craig has photographed many books on this area, including: Minnesota Wild; Our Minnesota; Border Country; Gooseberry; The Duluth Portfolio; The Geese of Silver Lake; and his largest project to date, The Lake Superior Images. Several of these books have won awards, including: Minnesota Book Award; Midwest Independent Publishers Book Achievement Award; Lake Superior Magazine Achievement Award; Northeast Minnesota Book Award: and most recently the National Publishers Freedom Award for the best book in the Arts and Nature category, given to Border Country.
Like his father and Nadine did, Craig works primarily with a 4x5 inch view camera. This format allows for large reproduction of the images with very little loss of detail. In 1998 Craig began digitally mastering their fine art prints. This process allows fine control of color balance and saturation, contrast and density. In mastering a print, it is Craig’s intention to recreate his original perception of a composition.

An ardent conservationist, Craig hopes his images will inspire people to protect the finest landscapes of the region (particularly the North Shore of Lake Superior) from further residential development. He co-founded Blacklock Nature Sanctuary, and is currently the president of the non-profit, arts/environmental organization. He was also instrumental in establishing the Lake Superior Water Trail of Minnesota.

In 1996, Craig shifted in his work and began the photography for a book of black and white nudes on Lake Superior. He planned to work with many models, but quickly asked his second model to be the only one for the project. Honey agreed to continue working with him and wanted to write an essay to accompany Craig’s imagery in A Voice Within. They were married in 1999 and had a daughter in 2001. A Voice Within — The Lake Superior Nudes was published in 2004.

While Honey was pregnant and Charis an infant, the Blacklocks couldn’t kayak to remote areas together to continue their collaborative black and white work. Craig took time to photograph a new series, Horizons, for which he pared down his subject matter to colorful expanses of sky and water on Lake Superior. A book was published in 2002 in conjunction with exhibitions of fine art prints at the Waters of Superior galleries.





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