Hi, my name is Dave Lockie and welcome to my project Life Vignettes. I hope you have a good time reading through my few words, I appreciate you reading them, if at all you do.
I started my photography when I was 11 years of age. My friend at the time found an Olympus Om1n in his attic, I was amazed by it, the material, the optics, the way the thing felt in your hands. It was pure joy... that's even before we put film in it.I would go over to his house every day, we would buy photography magazines and books and read and re-read them, learning everything from aperture, shutter speeds, and ISOs. We would devour as much technical information, as well as practical guides and information as possible. while watching countless episodes of Star Trek: The next generation I might add. I was a weird kid.Over a few months of saving money and obsessing with my friends camera I eventually saved up enough to buy my very own. I was so happy. I bought a Minolta Dynax 500si. It didn't leave my hands for months. I would snap everything I could with it and I would slowly learn to adapt to different circumstances. It became a little bit of an obsession.Throughout my teens I developed passions for other things, I was very much into playing rugby, music and girls. Juggling all these took a lot of energy out of me and it was difficult to obsess over each one. I am sorry to say that my photography had to take a back-seat, even though there were times I would take my camera along with a video recorder and have a blast shooting all day.I had by 15 decided to give up rugby because I was worried about my hands and face, then I had to give up chasing girls because I was frankly not good at it. That just left me with music. Music to me is a different language or a science, Mixing certain dialects and phonetics or stirring up different materials and compounds would create some different musical style, sometimes angry or sometimes glorious. I poured all my energy into music, playing drums, guitars, piano and writing.I was very creative, I would write some music, draw some cover art for it or draw something while listening to music and see where my imagination would take me.
I then enrolled in a college and was studying music and performing arts. It was great meeting a wide variety of people. Each person having a different unique quality and character. But I become disillusioned though at some point, I would learn styles of music and was expected of me to make music that was robotic and one-dimensionally stylised.I was further jolted by the passing away of a dear family member around this time. I have never lost anyone so close to me before. I happened to lose the closest person to me and also the closest of all the family members. I and we were highly saddened and somewhat the scars are still with us today. It was here on my return to studies that I quit college.
Its amazing how something so damaging can open your mind and soul up to new matter. I was spurned on to work and express myself. I got a lucky break and got introduced to an amazing guitarist who was looking for a drummer. He was ready to go into the studio to record and in this time my soul opened up and we managed to write more material together and released an album called In Flight Music which was then toured around Britain. We would play everything we could get our hands on and I ended up sleeping in a van snuggled up to guitars, drumming equipment and cables for a few months.
I then went back to college to do film production, I thought id tie my music in with films and images that I would create and produce. It was two years of sheer hard work. I can't remember much of it except planning and shooting. Usually a small production would involve a number of people to help write, produce, direct, edit, set up castings and locations, sort out budgets and contingency plans, but I remember being in a group of me and just one other person. Constantly writing, writing and writing and trying to hit our deadlines.
I subsequently went to university for three years to study and perform a film production course. It was great to get to use all the instruments you need for professional production. I remember university with a mix of happiness and sheer discontent. Working hard at music and film-making but couldn't seem to express myself fully in my work.I then worked in a studio, recorded some material I had locked up in my brain and picked up photography again. After working in a "normal job role" for a number of years I then had the life changing event of moving to Bangkok, Thailand with my partner Sarah.
Being introduced and seeing Bangkok is like being in a brand new world. All my senses are heightened and so is my creativity. I have had the idea to produce this, my new project that I am calling Life Vignettes. My goal is to try and capture as much as possible as simply, as bold, as truthful and as beautiful as I see it here.