PLACIDA — Perry James Locke always wanted to be a photographer but didn’t always have the means.
The opportunity arose when photography became digital.
“The digital age made it more affordable for me,” Locke said.
The 10-year photographer and Port Charlotte resident shoots landscapes, wildlife, weddings and portraits — “whatever catches my eye,” he said. “I enjoy doing landscapes in the morning. I go out into the woods in the wilderness before the sun comes out.” Locke is meticulous when setting up a shot.
“When I go to a scene, if I feel that a background needs clouds before I take a picture. I wait until it’s a cloudy day before shooting,” he said.
Any further alterations to his shots he creates with Adobe Photoshop.
Flowers and birds are some of his favorite subjects. He frequents the Venice Rookery.
“Birds are fun to photograph,” Locke said. “They’re always doing something and in motion.”
While most of his work is local and covers Charlotte, Sarasota, Lee and DeSoto counties, Locke said he would like to branch out. He sells his work for $3 to $225 depending on size.
“Georgia is the farthest north I’ve gone,” he said. “It would be great to go out West or go to Africa.”
Locke said he heard about the Placida Saturday Arts and Crafts Market after doing an art show.
“I like the market,” he said. “It’s a nice way for me to spend the day. It’s nice shade and nice people. It gives me a place to show my work. The market adds to the community and it’s a great thing.”
For more information on Locke’s work, go to perryjamesphotography. net or call 941-270-7981.
The Placida Saturday Arts and Crafts Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30 and April 13 on the grounds of the Fishery restaurant, 13000 Fishery Road, Placida. Parking and admission are free, and artists can display their work there for free. For market information, call 941-697-2451.