About me.

Shams toward Jebel Misht

David A Lockwood

An electronics engineer who has an interest in the early history of Oman: exploring the more remote regions of the country (for that read ‘where tourists fear to go’) mostly on foot! using nothing more than early Ordinance Survey maps for navigation. They are very good for showing the old footpaths. I have found GPS & m0re recently Google Earth indispensable for planning expeditions, but neither is a substitute for a good detailed map.
I use mostly film cameras and do all my own developing and printing in a traditional darkroom. Recently started using a Nikon D200/D800 for the colour work. Never thought I would go over to the dark-side but needs must with the lack of C41/E6 chemicals here in Muscat.

If you would like to use any of the photographs – please contact me at:

d.a.lockwood.659@gmail.com

I will probably say yes and may even be able to supply a better quality file or even a print.

Thank you for visiting my site and I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the photographs I have made.

David.
Oman/York England (the first one πŸ™‚ )

41 thoughts on “About me.

  1. Hi, Thank you for the follow. I really appreciate it. I love your work, also the fact that you still use a dark room is so amazing. I have never done it but I would love to. Do you recommend it?
    Fanny

    1. If you like the thought of creating one off images and don’t mind the initial expense (although film development and scanning is a good start) then yes most definitely.
      Finding space for a darkroom is the biggest problem for a lot of people.
      There is some very good used equipment these days, which keeps the costs down.
      There is a lot of satisfaction producing black & white silver gelatin prints, colour both positive and negative is probably best scanned (film development is easy and can be done in the bathroom as you only need a tank and dark bag with a few bottles for the chemicals) then if you like the fun, a darkroom can come later.

      1. hello dave we are rafo engineers Khalfan and Ali
        how is the new live ,we hope its better than Oman and we wish you very good retairement day

        1. Good morning both,
          So glad to hear from you.
          I am getting used to always seeing rain ! they tell me August is summer but I think people here just use this as a joke. It is a long time since I spent August in UK and now I see why πŸ™‚
          Miss you all and hope everyone is well and families in good health.
          Not better than Oman but just different although much more expensive here, especially for fuel !
          Please send my best regards to everyone and I hope to see you all again in the near future.
          David.

  2. Absolutely love your work. It’s unique and very different from all photography intense blogs I have come across. The trails, the little things you focus on to share with your readers has some magic. Keep up the great work and I will see you around.

  3. Hi David, your photography is exceptionally beautiful and shows your great talent. It’s really a pleasure for me to look through your portfolio. Best greetings from Munich! Josephine.

    1. Hi Josephine,
      That is very kind of you, very pleased you like my photographs especially as you have such an incredible series of art on yours.
      You said on the introduction “Have Fun With My Photos” and I certainly did – right back to the beginning πŸ™‚

      David.

  4. Hi David- Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you enjoy my work. Your images are gorgeous and I am looking forward to going through them. Very powerful especially in black and white.

    1. Thank you Jane – much appreciated.
      You have quite an eclectic mix: makes it both interesting and not a site to be rushed. Like you, I shall slowly work through your back catalogue.
      David.

  5. Hello David,

    Very nice to have you visit my photo blog. Thank you for the likes and comment.

    Oman is a place I know very little of. Now I have lost track of how long I have been here looking through your beautiful photographs…wonderful! Thank you for posting them; I didn’t make it through all of them so I’ll be back for more… πŸ™‚

    Mic

    1. Many thanks and your kind words are very much appreciated.
      Oman is a quiet corner of this rather tumultuous peninsular – Their raison d’etre seems to be quiet diplomacy based on education & tolerance; always a good combination.

      David.

  6. Great photos David – very evocative.
    Did I read somewhere you’re originally from God’s own county?
    I spent a few weeks in Muscat back in ~1992 and loved it. After that I read as much as I could about the place (though barely scratched the surface). Ranulph Fiennes’ “Where soldiers fear to tread” was a real eye-opener for me – I was blissfully unaware of the UK’s activities over there prior to reading that.
    Looking forward to viewing your future work.

    1. Hi & thanks for the kind words.
      Yes 6 & 1/4 miles to the east of York in a small village that has only ever developed on one side of the road. A rather significant battle was held in the next village along πŸ™‚
      Oman & England go back a long time (a lot of information can be found from the national archives in London, if you are of a mind to search) but a good book is:-
      Travels in Oman (Arabia Past & Present) [Philip Ward]
      I give up trying to link with Canada Amazon but it is available.

      I see I will have a lot of reading when I visit ‘Quieter Elephant’ which should keep me out of mischief for a good while.

      David.

      1. Thanks for the book tip – I’ve added it to the 300 others in my goodreads.com wish list. Seems to be out of print now though. I like a challenge!
        I wouldn’t rely on staying out of mischief reading QE though…

  7. Hello David,

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and following it.

    Your blog here is just amazing with some incredible work in monochrome.

    As you have mentioned, it’s really off the tourist trail and thanks a lot for introducing this unseen part of the world.

    Have a great time πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you ! – Pleased that you like my work.

      The reason I am following your blog is because it makes me feel as if I am on a β€˜virtual’ holiday with an informative local guide. You have some beautiful images and I sense a real love of your country.

      David.

  8. Thanks for all the visits to my blog today David. I’ve been a bit hit and miss in following yours but I will get back to you soon. Cheers, Iain.

    1. The pleasure was mine πŸ™‚
      I am the same – will go weeks without visiting some sites, but then again, more fun in some ways finding lots of new posts.

      David.

  9. I so enjoyed Oman on my short visits there – it’s so very different from the UAE (in good ways!) It’s so beautiful and just begging to be photographed – lucky you! Looking forward to following along – your photos are stunning

    1. Thank you – much appreciated.
      UAE is unfortunate in that it does not have the history of Oman (some areas were just a few shacks on the beach not many years ago) so they do their best.
      What they do have has been neglected for the trappings of modernity: but they are beginning to realise that ancient history has just as much interest for the tourist as a modern shopping mall. The younger generation have a more diverse education which also helps.

      David.

  10. Hi David,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and following me. It made me happy that someone with a great eye like yourself is following my work. It makes me fill like I am heading in the right direction.

    Thanks,
    PamΓ©la

    1. Very kind of you to say so.
      When I saw the post ‘Photography and Music’ (my two passions in life) I just had to look. πŸ™‚
      There is only one direction – keep taking photographs……
      Architecture: now that is something I cannot do !
      your post Love by grace – great lighting, I would miss that type of image as I don’t think I have the spontaneity of thought.

      David.

      1. I’ve been shooting architecture for a while now and living in London gives me the opportunity to practise often.

  11. Hello David,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and “following me” [as the term goes ;)]. I lived in UAE from 1984~2000 and I must say the beauty of that land is lost in all the modern trash piled up now.

    Oman definitely still has that one corner that has preserved it’s originality. I always wanted to visit Oman but never could, even though I lived on the border of UAE and Oman, a town called Kalba (a province of Sharjah) south of Fujairah.

    I really hope I can come out there, meet up and have a photographic adventure with you! Hope is what we all survive on! πŸ˜‰

    Cheers,
    Ali

    1. Hi Ali,
      Thanks for an interesting comment.
      I am probably guilty of the reverse, in that I think UAE has probably ‘lost the plot’ as they say; I almost never visit unless on my way by road en-route to Khasab. At the moment they seem to have a faΓ§ade of modernity that makes no regard for culture or history (they are learning though) almost the antithesis of Oman.
      You definitely missed a good opportunity in not visiting here first time round.
      Ha, if we don’t have hope then we are either very rich or brain dead 😦
      If you ever do visit again then you would be very welcome.

      David.

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