Last week, jammed between Sound Symposium and the construction video project, I got asked to do a portrait of Mr. Clyde Wells, esteemed jurist, former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and recently retired as Chief Justice of the Newfoundland Supreme Court. There was little time and our schedules were not lining up but there was no way I was going to turn it down. As a news photographer in the 90′s I covered him when he was the Premier during the Meech Lake debates, hard economic times in the province and followed him around on a few election campaigns. We also crossed professional paths in his private life as a lawyer and while he was Chief Justice in the Newfoundland Supreme Court. He was always the gentleman and one of the few civil and rational voices in the savagery known as Newfoundland politics. This was my first chance to do a proper portrait. Thank you Mr. Wells. It was my pleasure.
Photo by Greg Locke © 2014
This is classic Sound Symposium. Davida Monk and Bill Horist performing Putting on The Ice Shirt at the LSPU Hall on Day 4 of Sound Symposium XVII in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Photo by Greg Locke © 2014
Nicole Hand and the Art Van Go guerrilla band crash the Farmers market in St. John’s, Newfoundland to promote Sound Symposium XVII. Photo by Greg Locke © 2014
SOUND SYMPOSIUM is back in St. John’s, Newfoundland July 4 – 2014. Don’t miss this wonderfully eclectic international festival of new music and performing art held every two yeas in St. John’s and draw the finest in sound art, music and performing art from around the world. We’ll be shooting this event for the next 10 days so stop by, take in a show and say hello. Tickets and info available at Sound Symposium HQ in the LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria Street.
I shot this photo in Trinity, Newfoundland a number of year ago and finally got to use it in something!
The 2014 Southcott Awards by the Newfoundland Historic Trust is on June 24th and this year is special as its the 30th annual awards that celebrate and recognize groups, companies and individuals who are instrumental in the preservation, restoration and continuation of the architectural and built heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador. If you are anywhere near St. John’s come down to the LSPU Hall, a past Southcott winner, on June 24 at 7:00pm …and its FREE!
Frank Fusari, Principal Bass for the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, is next up in our NSO Portraits Project. Frank was photographed back stage at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s during a break in rehearsal last night. Industrial setting calls for industrial lighting. Mixed the available florescents with daylight and tungsten gelled Nikon Speedlights. In the past few weeks we have photographed twelve musicians for this years series. Look for these in the program guides, ads and online for the NSO upcoming season.
© 2014 GREG LOCKE
Every two years since 1983 Sound Symposium has been happening in Newfoundland, Canada at the edge of the North Atlantic. Founded by classical musician and percussionist, Don Wherry, the event grew from a bunch of avant garde musician friends to a ten day international festival of new music, performing and sound art with everything from classical and jazz musicians experimenting with new sound, dance and theatre to audio engineers and sculptures creating audio art installations in the wild coastal environment. The soundscapes created have become the hallmark of Sound Symposium which happens once again in July of 2014.
We shot this video at a 2012 Sound Symposium event organized by Gayle Young, a sound artist and founder of Music Works magazine. She led a group of musicians to remote Doctor’s Cove, Newfoundland, 100km south of St. John’s to find resonant rocks and build lithophones.
So lucky to get to photograph Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra cellist, Rachel Gauntlett, again this week. Rachel was the first portrait we did when we started The NSO Portraits project nearly two years ago. We photographed her in the Newman Wine Vaults. If you are thinking, hey wait a minute, isn’t it winter in Newfoundland you would be right. We got out of the snow in an empty parking garage but Rachel still had to tough it out for the nearly 2 hour photo shoot in sub zero temps. Talented, beautiful and ….tough! You should visit her website at www.rachelgauntlett.com. Photo by Greg Locke © 2014.
Sarah Spurrell climbs the final lead route, indicated by yellow tape, to win the ACCNL – Wallnuts 2014 Youth Climbing Competition in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Sunday, February 16. Photo by Greg Locke © 2014
An evening out skiing with Erinn before the rains come. Photo by Greg Locke © 2014.