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
Had a wonderful evening at the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Silver Ball on Saturday night. Technically, I wasn’t working (just enjoying the evening) but I had my trusty little Fuji X20 with me and never could let a nice photo pass by. So, I snuck into the cello section to get this shot of Sarah-Jane Johnson. Ms Johnson is a MUN Music masters student and recipient of the Suncor Energy Strings Fellowship. Photo by Greg Locke © 2014.
Rock climbing season is over around here for the winter so its time to hit the woods on the cross-country skis. This past weekend we had a day of glorious sun and a day of heavy snow. Typical Newfoundland! Both made for great outdoor adventure with Erinn and Sue though. … hoping it sticks and the next days are not rain and fog which is pretty common here on the east coast of the island. Photos by Greg Locke © 2014.
A poster we did for the upcoming Youth Climbing Competition happening in St. John’s on Feb 16th. It features a photo of daughter Erinn (of course!) in competition at Wallnuts Climbing Centre. This is an Alpine Club of Canada sanctioned competition and qualifier event for the eastern Canada regional championships to be held in Toronto in April. If you want to see some amazing young athletes like no other, you really should come out and see these kids compete.
Also see our photo gallery of the Newfoundland Junior Climbing Team
For more on the Alpine Club of Canada activities in Newfoundland visit the new website of the ACC NL
© 2013 Greg Locke
Well!!!! ….here in St. John’s, Newfoundland its Old Christmas Day (the 12th Day of Christmas) …and the real Christmas Day for many of the Christian cultures. The sun is out power is back on after a howler of a winter storm and rolling blackouts across the entire island for the past 3 days. So its back to work for as long as the power stays on. First thing is to clean of a few jobs left over from before the holidays such as a final edit of the amazing Carole Bestvater’s photo shoot. We shot this as the first in a new series for the NSO Portraits Project in a church yard in Corner Brook, Newfoundland while the Newfoundland symphony Orchestra was on tour with it Christmas Pops Tour. It was sunrise, in the snow and -20c degrees.
Check out our previous work on The NSO Project and stay tuned for our new adventures with the incredible musicians of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.
Our first photo of 2014 is, once again, the New Years Eve fireworks at Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John’s, Newfoundland. At 10:30PM in sub-zero temps Erinn, Sue and I headed out to the White Hills to take u p position over looking the lake with a great view of east end of the city. eah, it was cold. Click image to see large view. Copyright © 2014 Greg Locke – www.greglocke.com
As the year ends and winter gets a grip in the Northern latitudes, many cultures mark the passing of another year and the coming of winter with annual religious and folk festivals and events. Here in Newfoundland, the remote and isolated coastal fishing villages long held on to traditions brought from England and Ireland. A mix of ancient Celtic, Pagan and Anglo-Saxon rituals merged with Christianity and the celebration of Christmas. One of those traditions, Mummering, has enjoyed a cultural revival in urban areas in recent years.
For the second year in a row I’ve been honoured to photograph the Mummer’s Parade in St. John’s, brilliantly organized by Ryan Davis and his merry band of volunteers.
You can find out more about The Mummers Festival at mummersfestival.ca and see more of my photos there. If you have a subscription to Facts & Opinions to can get an edited slide show mixed with audio and music from this years parade by the Armagh Rhymers, who visited from Ireland.
….enjoy your holidays and let the mummers in for a drink if they come knocking at your door on a dark wintery night.