Lockwood, C. C. 1949-
LOCKWOOD, C. C. 1949-
PERSONAL: Born June 26, 1949, in Kansas City, MO; son of Franklin Markquis (a doctor) and Mary Spring (a homemaker; maiden name, Crafts) Lockwood; married; wife's name, Sue. Education: Louisiana State University, B.S., 1971, graduate study, 1972; attended East Texas State University, 1972. Religion: Episcopalian.
CAREER: Freelance wildlife photographer, naturalist, and writer, 1971—. Lecturer at national, state, and local conventions, seminars, workshops, and conferences relating to wildlife, photography, and the environment.
AWARDS, HONORS: San Francisco International Film Festival award, Columbus International Film Festival award, Virgin Islands International Film Festival award, Cindy Award from Information Film Producers of America, AV Learning Award, and Golden Eagle Award from Council on International Nontheatrical Events, all 1977, all for film Atchafalaya: America's Largest River Basin Swamp; Ansel Adams Award, Sierra Club, 1978, for conservation photography; Louisiana Literary Award for Book of the Year, Louisiana Library Association, 1981, for book Atchafalaya: America's Largest River Basin Swamp; The Gulf Coast was named a notable book of 1984, American Library Association; Lockwood was named a Louisiana Legend by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, 2000.
(Self-illustrated with photographs) Atchafalaya: America's Largest River Basin Swamp, Beauregard Press, 1982.
(Self-illustrated with photographs) The Gulf Coast: Where Land Meets Sea, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1984.
Louisiana, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1986.
(Self-illustrated with photographs) Discovering Louisiana, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1986.
(Self-illustrated with photographs) The Yucatan Peninsula, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1989.
C. C. Lockwood's Louisiana Nature Guide, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1995.
Beneath the Rim: A Photographic Journey through the Grand Canyon, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1996.
Around the Bend: A Mississippi River Adventure, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1998.
Still Waters: Images 1971-1999, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 2000.
The Alligator Book, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 2002.
(Photography editor and contributor) David G. Baker and W. Sheldon Bivin, Mike the Tiger: The Roar of LSU, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 2003.
Author and director of film Atchafalaya: America's Largest River Basin Swamp, released by Cactus Clyde Productions in 1977; photographer and author of text for annual "Skywatch" calendars, Fulcrum Press, beginning 1992; contributor to books, periodicals, and other media, including National Geographic and American Photographer; photographs held in personal, corporate, and museum collections.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Two Views: The Vanishing Wetlands, Atchafalaya Revisited: Twenty-five Years Later, Rhythms of the Beach, and a Web journal of the making of Two Views and Rhythms of the Beach.
SIDELIGHTS: Naturalist and nature photographer C. C. Lockwood has spent a lifetime capturing the beauty of the Gulf Coast on film and documenting development's threat to this region. In 2000 Lockwood was honored for his work by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, which named him a Louisiana Legend. Thousands of his images have been reproduced, not only in his many volumes, but also in calendars, magazines and other media.
Lockwood wrote several books before Beneath the Rim: A Photographic Journey through the Grand Canyon, which focuses on an entirely different area of the country. On the suggestion of a friend, he photographed the Grand Canyon from the Colorado River, and continued doing so while teaching photography workshops for an expedition company. Other photographs are of various outdoor adventures, including hiking and mule riding, as well as of rock formations, canyons, and waterways.
In books like Around the Bend: A Mississippi River Adventure, Lockwood captures the great river, along with the people and creatures who make their homes on its shores. He traveled its length by pontoon boat and canoe, taking photos and talking with the people who work on the river and those who work to protect it. David Schau wrote in Library Journal that Lockwood's photographs "capture the essence of Old Man River from source to mouth."
Still Waters: Images 1971-1999 is a retrospective of thirty years of work, and contains what Lockwood considers his best one hundred images, more than half of them never before published, of the more than 30,000 he has taken. They are of the Gulf region, but also of other parts of the country, such as Yellowstone National Park, and of other countries, including Belize and Portugal.
His long-time fascination with alligators resulted in The Alligator Book, in which he explores every aspect of the gator, from those he photographs in the wild to gators in captivity. Booklist reviewer Nancy Bent observed that the book "presents a unique look at this popular American 'dragon.'" Lockwood recounts tales of survivors of gator attacks and the findings of researchers who are just as enthralled by the ancient animal as he. Library Journal's Lynn C. Badger wrote that "as solid as the information is, the 144 gorgeous color photographs are the true stars of the book."
Atchafalaya: America's Largest River Basin Swamp, is the title of Lockwood's award-winning documentary and also his first book. His future projects include a twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the book, as well as volumes about the vanishing wetlands and the ecology of a beach.
Lockwood once told CA: "It started as a labor of love. My favorite place was the Atchafalaya Swamp, a massive wetland, beautiful but in great peril. I'd glide quietly through its silt-laden waters in my brown and green camouflage canoe, experiencing the peacefulness and noticing the encroaching development. With my paddle, my pen, and my camera, I studied the swamp for three years. Then, while living on a houseboat, I compiled my first book, Atchafalaya: America's Largest River Basin Swamp. I've always hoped that Atchafalaya would do more good than paying my grocery bills, for I felt a book would be the best way to educate the city folks on the life cycle of the swamp and its creatures great and small. Now I find the medium of books as the most natural way to get my photographs and meager writings displayed."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, September 1, 2002, Nancy Bent, review of The Alligator Book, p. 33.
Library Journal, October 1, 1998, David Schau, review of Around the Bend: A Mississippi River Adventure, p. 124; November 15, 2002, Lynn C. Badger, review of The Alligator Book, p. 96.
C. C. Lockwood Home Page, http://www.cclockwood.com (May 14, 2004).*