A recipe for a great photo day

Take 1 perfectly aged Volvo wagon, fill with a piping hot string quartet, add instruments, bags ….lots of shoes! and top with 100 kilos of photo/video gear.  Drive for a couple of hours through a winter wonderland and then let bake all day at the finest country inn and estate in Newfoundland. When its done you will be serving up hundreds of awesome photos and video. Big thanks to Carole Bestvater, Sarah-Jane Johnson, Dominic Greene, Etienne Pemberton-Renaud from the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and special thanks Laurelyn Berry and Jerry Byrne for a great day and hosting us at The Doctor’s House Inn & Spa

At The Silver Ball with the NSO

At the 2014 Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra annual Silver Ball. St. John's Newfoundland. Photographer; 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.

Ski days

X-Country skiing with Erinn at The Butterpot, Newfoundland. Photo by Greg Locke © 2014 - www.greglocke.com


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.

Youth Climbing Competition

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

Carole Bestvater for NSO Portraits

NSO violinist Carole Bestvater photographed on location in Corner brook, Newfoundland by Greg Locke for The NSO Project © 2013 -www.greglocke.com

NSO violinist Carole Bestvater photographed on location in Corner brook, Newfoundland by Greg Locke for The NSO Project © 2013 -www.greglocke.com

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.

Happy 2014 from St. John’s, Newfoundland

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

Thanks for the Mummeries

2013 Mummers Parade photographed by Greg Locke in St. John's, Newfoundland. © 201 - www.greglocke.com…click to enlarge

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.

Eleanor McCain in Newfoundland with NSO

Eleanor McCain in Corner Brook, Newfoundland with the NSO. Photo by Greg Locke © 2013

Our last major shoot of 2013 could not have been more pleasurable. Four days on tour on the west coast of Newfoundland with the brilliant musicians and crew of  Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and vocalist Eleanor McCain for the Christmas Pops Tour. We stole Eleanor away from rehearsals to play in the snow and shoot some photos in wintery Corner Brook.  But at -20C it was a pretty quick shoot.!

Climbing Manuals, Newfoundland

Su Alteen climbing on German Face at Manuals, Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Photo by Greg Locke © 2013

Su Alteen climbing on German Face at Manuals, Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Photo by Greg Locke © 2013

Stories about Newfoundland and Africa

Spanish and Canadian offshore fishing trawlers in the North Atlantic Ocean near the Canadian 200 Mile Limit on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. © Greg Locke 2000

Spanish and Canadian offshore fishing trawlers in the North Atlantic Ocean near the Canadian 200 Mile Limit on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. © Greg Locke 2000

 

This week I’ve filed two stories and photo packages to Facts and Opinions. One looking back on the 20 years since the Canadian ban on the commercial cod fishery in Newfoundland and the other is a collection of photos and note book entries from my various assignments in Africa. You may have seen the photos before but this is the first time I’ve published anything from my field notes.

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