Les Blacklock grew up in Moose Lake, Minnesota. Even as
a young boy he was fascinated by wild places, especially
during spring migrations when lake ice melted and
waterfowl returned from the south.
He found that by slithering on his belly through
cattails along the edge of the Moosehorn River he could
get within a few yards of ringneck ducks, hooded
mergansers, muskrats and loons.
Nadine Blacklock knew from junior high school that she
would pursue a career in photography. She met her future
husband, Craig, while she was working on her degree in
photojournalism, which she received from the University
of Minnesota in 1974. In 1982 joined her father-in-law,
Les, and Craig in the family nature photography
business. Her first photography trip was to the West
coast to photograph mountain scenery. That year she and
Craig taught the first of many nature photography
workshops they did for the University of Minnesota
Continuing Education Department.
Craig Blacklock grew up with camera in hand, traveling
with his father, pioneering color nature photographer,
Les Blacklock. His early work took him to the national
parks of the American West to photograph mountain
scenery and wildlife.
It wasn’t until the early 1980s that he concentrated on
the Minnesota and Lake Superior region which has
remained his source of subjects ever since.