For the past 25 years, photojournalist and now retired (2013) military photographer Jeremy Lock directed his lens towards the elements of the world that many of us will never have the opportunity or even the desire to see first hand. His images are beautiful, heartbreaking, provocative and devastating – sometimes all in the same frame.
"My photographic journey is rooted in my ability to capture the essence and reality of humanity at its finest and at its worst," says Lock. "I've captured everything from the hunt for Osama bin Laden, to the playful nature of our young military who are defending our freedom, and the plight of humans in search of food after the Haiti earthquake disaster."
He is specially trained to shoot from the air and under the sea. He is the sole military photographer to be recognized seven times as the best in the business (Military Photographer of the Year, 2002, '05, '06, '08, '10, '11, ‘12).
Lock is not only an accomplished military veteran receiving the Bronze Star Medal for distinguished service in Iraq, his experience as a seasoned photojournalist have led to his work being published in magazines, newspapers and books including National Geographic, Time, New York Times, The Washington Post among others. His work has also earned multiple awards from prestigious organizations including World Press Photo, National Press Photographers Association and Oasis.
“Not only do I get to live my life, but I’ve been able to live the lives of those I photograph, even if it was just for a moment,” notes Lock. “I constantly want to share my experiences to remind myself and others that what I am doing is very important and the world needs to see it. I like to think the experiences haven’t changed me, but I know they have, and I’m thankful for that change. There is more to the world than what is outside your front door.”