published in international contemporary masters, vol. VII

I'm proud to be featured as a Premium Artist in this beautiful collection of contemporary art.

I submit for various contests and exhibitions throughout the year, so when I received this book I was thrilled to be a part of it. It’s beautifully printed and has the weight and feel of a quality art book.

The artists represented here are just amazing. I especially like seeing a variety of mediums from artists all over the world.

expanded to the pacific northwest

After enjoying years of endless sunny days in LA, I made my way up the Pacific coast to Portland, Seattle and the northernmost part of Washington State.

People are different here. Laid back, quirky, and beer loving.

I'm looking forward to a stellar year enjoying the sights, sounds, great outdoors and creative community of the Pacific Northwest as I expand my business in this region.

awards: "sukiyaki western"

"Sukiyaki Western" has been the winningest series of my career, culminating in a solo show at Haus Gallery in Pasadena.

Other honors for this series included: 

  • 2009 Third Place, The Art of Photography Show (San Diego, CA)
  • 2009 Nominated, Photography Master's Cup International Color Awards (London)
  • 2008 Finalist, Photolucida (Portland, OR)

Shooting this was also just a blast. I was so lucky to find dedicated and talented actors and a phenomenal makeup artist. Also, I got the horses from a retired LA police officer living in Pioneer Town for next to nothing.

We got to stay in the coolest “cowboy” motel ever and were treated to a free New Years Eve potluck party at Pappy and Harriet’s Roadhouse put on by the locals. I could never have done this without the kindness and generosity of others.

in print

Since opening my LA studio in 2005, I've had work published in numerous art books and magazines including Bicycling, Stern, CMYK Magazine, UCLA Magazine, Gotham and Un Chin.

opened studio in downtown LA

Walter Lockwood Photography opened for business at Factory Place in 2005. 

Factory Place is a breeding ground for LA artists. They just seem to seep through the cement.

This was an old paper factory that like so many other poured concrete industrial buildings has been converted to lofts. I’m sure that after World War III this structure will survive.

The space, diversity of people, and downtown location were ideal for my studio. Think of a huge college dorm. But instead of 20-somethings, it’s infested with hip, working, creative professionals. Yep, perfect.

stock photography

Before opening my own studio in Downtown LA, I began my career shooting for Workbook Stock and Corbis.

You’ve got to cut your teeth somewhere and my teeth got cut nice and sharp. Right out of Art Center I started with a boutique agency named Workbook Stock.

Workbook was gobbled up by Jupiter, and Jupiter was gobbled up by Getty. So I have also worked with Getty.

Collaborating with Corbis got me beyond funding my own material and into produced and paid for shoots. In part, I got into shape by stepping onto the image making treadmill that was stock photography.

attended art center

Originally I enrolled in night classes ... later I got serious and enrolled full-time.

Form follows function. I got that the minute I walked onto the campus. The architecture of the building itself informed me that I was getting into something real.

A school is only as good as it’s students. We learned by doing, and doing, and doing.

If you ever have a chance, attend a grad show. You’ll see what the focus, dedication, and hard work of the student body produces. And you’ll enjoy a ton of inspiring creative art.

fitness and lifestyle photography

I moved to LA and became a fitness trainer, inspiring me to shoot more fitness and lifestyle.

I was shooting the world around me at the time. Fitness is important to me. Without good hard workouts I would go more nuts than I already am. And, I guess a healthy lifestyle is actually a positive side effect of vanity.

Too bad I didn’t get a hold of Bruce Springsteen and Halle Berry. They worked out at the same gym.