Author Archives: Greg Locke

Ice climbing season in Newfoundland

Ice climbing season was very short …but spectacular! on the east coast of Newfoundland this year. We had a rare very short winter. But we made the most of it! Here is Lewis Loader on High Anxiety near Flatrock, north of St John’s. This waterfall route comes in pretty solid and consistent every year as a 40m (120ft) WI5.

Newfoundland boat builder, Henry Vokey dies at age 91.

 
 
I’d like to take a moment to mark the passing of Henry Vokey of Trinity, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, at age 91. Henry was a Newfoundland cultural icon. A traditional wooden boat builder of 50 years who build an estimated one thousand boats. He built everything from the 14 foot “Rodneys”, larger trap skiffs and ocean going 60 foot schooners. His boats were work boats for fishing and travel that were a part of Newfoundland’s social, cultural and economic life for a past generation. With a distinct style everyone knew a “Vokey Boat” when they saw one.
 
If you ever took a sailing tour out of St John’s harbour on the schooner J and B, you’ve been on a Vokey boat.
Thankfully, his boats are kept alive and being used and kept for pleasure and craft by a new generation and a revival of interest in Newfoundland’s wooden boats which Henry has been instrumental in driving.
 
His last schooner, the Leah Caroline, was launched in 2012.
 

A visit from a Black Swan

Black Swan portrait in the studio with Jacqui Bodwell. Make up and styling by Sarah Gerbig. © Greg Locke 2020

Welcome to Echo Village

A short video we made for Sound Symposium performance of Echo Village at the Botanical Gardens in St John’s, Newfoundland. Visit Sound Symposium at www.soundsymposium.com

Photography Master Class with the Doctor’s House

It’s been a while since I’ve done my Labour Day Weekend photo workshops in Trinity so I’m very happy to announce that, in partnership with The Doctors House  Inn and Spa, 
I will be offering a Photography Master Class Series starting in October. Come join us. Here are the details…

This series provides you with 2 different options; a virtual option and a virtual + in-person option. Both will cover the fundamentals essential to memorable photography. The first half of the series focuses on the foundations of light, composition, and subject matter. The second half will include building on these foundations while mastering the technical side of the camera and setting. You will use the foundations in week 1-4 to think visually; understanding light, contrast, colour, and composition.

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? OPTION #1: VIRTUAL
? DATES: October 17th, 2020 (first 4 weeks) + November 21st, 2020 (second 4 weeks)

An 8-week virtual class that will be held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 10:30am.

—> COST: $499 + HST per person
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? OPTION #2: VIRTUAL + IN-PERSON RETREAT + 1-on-1 SESSION
?DATES: February 6th, 2021 (virtual) + May 14th-16th, 2021 (in-person)

A 4-week virtual class that will be held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 10:30am beginning February 6th, paired with an in-person retreat which will be held at The Doctor’s House Inn & Spa on May 14th – May 16th, 2021.

—> COST: $1,499 + HST per person
*includes 2 nights accommodations (single occupancy), 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners.
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? RESERVE YOUR SPOT:
Please call our front desk to reserve your spot now; (709) 582-2754!

Climbing Kananaskis

Building anchors and rapping off Wasootch Ridge in the rain in Kananaskis, Alberta with Erinn Locke this past summer. #prana #scarpa, #petzl #northface © 2019 Greg Locke

The Banshee

A Banshee clings to the last living soul of a dying community on the rugged shores of Newfoundland.

Very happy to release these still frames from Wanda Nolan’s short film, Always Going, Never Gone. It was shot this summer on location in Petty harbour, Newfoundland and will make its debut at the Atlantic International Film Festival in Halifax, NS on September 13th, 2019

Thanks for inviting me to be a part of this cool film.

Written and directed by Wanda Nolan
Produced by Kerri Mattie

Starring
Mary-Colin Chisholm as Ailish
Allison Moira Kelly as Kari
Rhiannon Morgan as the Banshee

Flying high

Canadian national Team member Becca Frangos flying high in woman’s Open finals at the Canadian national lead climbing championships at Allez Up in Montreal. © Greg Locke 2019

Bride on the rocks

Mandy and Steve got married!!  …but being avid rock climbers they wanted some photos that reflected their love of the sport. This is not the realm of regular wedding photographers so they turned to their local climbing community.  So on a beautiful fall morning our small crew headed out to make this happen for them. Along with Mandy and Steve there was, rope access specialist and photographer Terry Day, experienced climber Thom Smith, all ’round adventurer and drone pilot Brandon Whelan and myself. We had a location in mind at a regular climbing crag in Flatrock, north of St John’s that had the right combination of dramatic and being fairly “wedding dress accessible” …despite being called “BloodBath”. The plan was reviewed, ropes were rigged, the drone was launched and everyone took their places. I’m hoping this was a first for Newfoundland. Thanks everyone for an epic shoot and a big congratulations to Mandy and Steve!

Pot shots

Today cannabis became legal in Canada launching what many expect to be a $6 billion industry annually. The first legal sale of cannabis took place at 5 seconds after midnight with Canopy Growth CEO, Bruce Linton making the sale in their Tweed store on Water Street in St John’s, Newfoundland taking advantage of the provinces eastern most time zone in the country.Newfoundland makes history once again. Photo by Greg Locke © 2018

Cannabis product on display at the Tweed store in St John's, Newfoundland © 2018 GREG LOCKE

Cannabis product on display at the Tweed store in St John’s, Newfoundland © 2018 GREG LOCKE