Placida Market featured Artist of the Week

 PHOTO PROVIDED   Port Charlotte photographer Perry James Locke displays his work at the Placida Saturday Arts and Crafts Market. He shoots landscapes, portraits, weddings and nature.

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Port Charlotte photographer Perry James Locke displays his work at the Placida Saturday Arts and Crafts Market. He shoots landscapes, portraits, weddings and nature.

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.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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