…and that means shooting some ice climbing. Here is a little “Behind The Scenes” of me hanging out with Terry Day climbing “High Anxiety”, a 40 meter, WI5 with very irregular formations in Red Head Cove, Newfoundland. Needless to say that this takes a lot of planning. Not only what cameras and lenses to take but the best outdoor gear and safety equipment that will keep you warm and dry but still give you room to hike and climb in. Thanks to Trevor Wragg for the photo of us.
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Well, there goes 2018. Hope it was good to you. Here are my top 9 photos of the year according to Instagram. Although the one of me was taken by Terry Day! Nice to look back and curious because what your favourite photos, or what you might consider the “best” …. are seldom what other think. The thing I like about these are they are a product of great subjects and great adventures. Here is to 2019 so get out there and make great photos! #2018bestnine.
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
Its no big secret that editorial photography and photojournalism in general has taken a big hit over the past few years. There are very few outlets that actually pay or commission this work any more and it is now not more than a hobby for individuals who can afford to do it and have some vision or sence of adventure. This is why getting to work on Anthony Bourdain’s, Parts Unknown in 2018 was not only a great honour but a nice change of pace photographically for me as I return, briefly, to my “old life” …on the road with a couple of cameras.
The death of Bourdain not long after the Newfoundland segment of the TV show and the web stories launched only made it more poignant for me. He was a big person with a big heart who loved travel and telling stories. Food was the vector. Something all humans have in common regardless of all our other differences. The TV/video shows are great but the Parts Unknown Website and its companion site, Roads and Kingdoms are an expansion of the TV series and a testament to his dedication for journalism …get out their on the road.
In fact, Roads and Kingdoms may well be the best or travel/adventure journalism out their now. Do yourself a favour and go visit.
…or click on the images to see the stories I worked on for the segment.
March 15, 1935 – August 14, 2018
Just arriving back in St John’s to hear the sad news that Mary Pratt has died. Such a great loss to the Canadian and Newfoundland art communities. She, along with a small group of painters were some of the founders of the Newfoundland cultural renaissance in the 1970’s and brought professional visual art into reality in Newfoundland.
Not only did she leave an incredible body of work but her influence on the generation of artists who came after her can’t be denied. Her brilliant and luminous painting of everyday life and object was unique and bold as she carved her own path in the painting world showing the way for so many young artists seeking their own vision and careers. Mary was also the driving force behind the building of The Rooms, art gallery, museum and provincial archives in St John’s.
Those times we got to talk, like this portrait session for a magazine story, we always talked about light and colour and realism. She was generous and open and more than happy to talk about art. If you listened you could learn a lot.
See some of her work at Canadian Art Magazine
and CBC Online.
Bio on Wikipedia
Well, you don’t expect to see a pretty iceberg picture in the 100 photos of the year by a news magazine. Its the domain of serious news and current affair but there it was my “snap” from the little village of Ferryland on Newfoundland’s Southern Shore. It’s a great way to kick off your year end chores of reviewing, cataloging and filing your year of photo making. Check out Time’s 2017 Top 100 Pictures for yourself! Its, as usual, a pretty amazing collection of the works best news photos for the year. TIME TOP 100
Thanks to #timemagazine #reuterspictures #nikon #nikoncanada.
Sunrise on the Winter Solstice over the north Atlantic ocean and Cape Spear, Newfoundland, the most eastern point in North America. Winter is here. Welcome!
The Hebron oil field is located on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland about 350km south of St. John’s near three other oil producing fields at Hibernia, White Rose and Terra Nova. The tow out comes 20 years to the week that the Hibernia platform was launched out of the same yard to kick off Newfoundland’s oil boom.
The Hebron field was discovered in the 1980s by Chevron and will be operated by a consortium (Chevron, Statoil, Suncor, Nalcor) led by ExxonMobil. It holds an estimated 700 billion barrels of oil but like the three other projects it will most likely yield much more once production begins and advanced drilling techniques explores the reservoir further.
The Newfoundland government has an ownership stake through it’s energy crown corporation NALCOR and expects to make $10 billion over the life of the project.
The rig cost an estimated $14 billion to construct. It is capable of pumping 150,000 barrels per day. First oil is expected by the end of 2017.
Other Newfoundland offshore oil production installations…
Hibernia: Exploration drilling began in the 1960s in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland in the north west Atlantic off the east coast of Canada. The drilling of well Hibernia P-51 in 1979 confirmed that there was viable oil reserves deep under the ocean. It would be nearly 20 more years for the deals to be made that would see the construction of a massive concrete production platform and the oil and money to flow as the first offshore oil production in Canada. The Hibernia offshore oil field is owned jointly by ExxonMobil Canada (33.125%), Chevron Canada Resources (26.875%), Suncor (20%), Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation (8.5%), Murphy Oil (6.5%) and StatoilHydro Canada Ltd (5%).
The Terra Nova oil field (above) was discovered and developed by Canada’s state own oil company, Petro Canada. Discovered in 1984, the oil field was the second to be developed on the Grand Banks offshore Newfoundland. Production from the field began in 2002. Petro Canada was later privatized and purchased by Suncor Energy. Terra Nova utilizes a floating production platform instead of the concrete gravity based structure of Hibernia or Hebron. Partners in the project are Suncor, ExxonMobil, Statoil, Husky Energy, Murphy oil, Mosbacher and Chevron.
White Rose (above) is the third offshore oil field to be developed offshore Newfoundland. Discovered in 1984 and developed by Husky Energy it is the smallest of the four producing fields with Husky as the major share holder and Suncor Energy with a 27 percent stake. It also usesa floating production platform name the Sea Rose.
Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose have all produced more oil that originally projected and have all more than recovered their development and exploration cost which make them very cost effective to operate and expand for their owners. All are undergoing expansion projects to further extend the lives of their respective projects well past their original life expectancy. Hebron is starting out even larger than the three previous projects with a 30 year life expectancy.
I have been covering the offshore oil industry as a journalist and photographer since the early and heady exploration days of the late 1970s. Its been a fascinating and great learning experience to see an entire industry evolve and develop in the political and economic microcosm that is Newfoundland. …greg locke
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This is the stock and trade of the daily photography done by professional photographers. Sometime its for a company newsletter or announcement or the rare air of a corporate annual report but a lot is done for the business magazines. Dave Bennett and James Reid are a couple of smart lawyers who brokered a major merger of power companies in Canada and the USA for Fortis. Inc. It earned them the cover of ThompsonReuters Lexpert Magazine. We made shot overlooking the harbour at St John’s, Newfoundland. © 2017 Greg Locke
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