The Biography

Whether we care to admit it or not, most of us dream of and secretly yearn for a change in our working lives, an opportunity to turn our backs on the hum-drum, the mundane, the commonplace, and take ourselves off to a place so utterly different from where we are now. Few of us ever have the opportunity to make the dream a reality. Andy Lock and his family are among the exceptions. Looking to escape the high-pressured lifestyle that demanded early starts, long hours and endless commuting, they found an alternative way of life 650 miles north on the wild, west coast of Scotland.

Andy's home is beautifully sited on the southern tip of Loch Shiel. Looming above the far side of the Loch is snow-capped Beinn Resipole, an 845 metre dome of Torridon sandstone whose summit commands the jagged Cuillins on Skye and all the dark islands in the glittering Hebridean Sea. For anyone who loves the outdoors, this is as good as it gets in Scotland. In just a short journey Andy could be on the west coast or amongst the ancient pines of Glen Affric, among the mountains of Glencoe, on the banks of Loch Lomond or alongside the still waters of Eilean Donan Castle. It truly is a photographer's paradise

He is unusual among photographers in having been trained primarily as a graphic designer. He took up photography as an adjunct to his design work, and yet by anyone's reckoning he is not only a superb technician, but also, and much more importantly, an artist gifted with a wonderful eye. He designs his photographs so that long before he trips the shutter, the image is already firmly composed in his mind's eye. Like all good photographers he has infinite patience. He waits and waits until the light is precisely as he needs it. Then, if he's lucky, he will capture something special.

Extract from an interview with Fiona MacGillvray, written for Scots, The Journal of the Scots Heritage Society.