Category Archives: #exploreNL

Bishop Michael Fleming

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Congratulations to actor and playwright, Paul Rowe, on a successful season bringing Bishop Michael Fleming back to life during performances and guided tour of the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist in St John’s, Newfoundland this summer. Fleming made the building of the Basilica his life’s work. The national historic site and iconic landmark in the Newfoundland capital is one of those epic tales of human perseverance and will that leaves its mark in history. Check out the Basilica history for yourself!

I killed my phone

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Dear Sony,

Sorry about the phone. It was awesome. Love at first sight and a great companion documenting my travels and adventures this year. It was truly the best mobile I’ve ever owned. From the surfing beaches of Tofino in the west to the most eastern point in North America at Cape Spear, Newfoundland. The urban jungles of Toronto and Vancouver to the mountains of Jamaica. Even rock climbing in Flatrock and Squamish. Sadly, my lovely Xperia Z5 met its doom in the badlands of southern Alberta. I let it slip from my hands. It gave its life while on a cross Canada assignment with me making great photos. Something in which it excelled. “Your story never looked so good”, says your ad campaign. It was true. But, sadly, no more.

My Instagram and FaceBook pages will never be the same.

Because the sd card was full I may never see its last photos. It was saving to internal memory. Amazingly, it still turns on but without a touch screen I can no longer unlock it or get it to connect to a computer to recover the photos.

As a professional photographer, this is the greatest pain one can feel.

Sincerely,

Greg

#sonymobile #sonycanada #xperiaZ5 #sonyxperia #PhoneDeath

 

Ice climbing season begins in Newfoundland

IceClimbing-SouthSide-2015_GSL-5574-WEBFinally getting enough ice in St John’s, to do some ice climbing. Not many cities where you can do this roadside and within view of the downtown. This is Nocturnal Wall on the south side of the harbour in St John’s, Newfoundland. …live, climb, repeat. © 2016 Greg Locke

Never stop exploring

NorthFace-Erinn-Flatrock_GSL-6541-LOWRESClimber Erinn Locke at Flatrock, Newfoundland. © 2016 Greg Locke

 

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Greg Locke climbing to photograph ice climbers in St John’s, Newfoundland. Photo by Terry Day

If you spend a lot of time outdoors for work or play you know the never ending quest for the right gear to keep you warm and dry and still mobile. Hiking, working, shoveling  show, skiing, ice climbing or just out walking the dog, its no fun if you are cold. There are lots of great  equipment makers out there and we have and still us many of them but I was particularly interested when I found out from  The Outfitters in St John’s, Newfoundland that The North Face was redesigning their Summit Series for 2016. This was always the North Face’s professional grade expedition line of outdoor clothing so what could they do that was new?

As soon as Erinn and I got our hands on the L4 jacket we took them out for a sunrise climb at the seaside climbing crag at Flatrock, Newfoundland on a chilly snowy morning.
Lightweight, insulated with Thermoball and flexible it was great for climbing and while on belay. Thermoball is the new synthetic alternative to down made with Primaloft material. It insulates even when wet.

As a professional photographer who seems to spend a lot of time outdoors be it on construction sites, oil rigs, chasing rock and ice climbers or just standing around …waiting! My choice of clothing can be just as important an equipment decision as my cameras. You have to stay comfortable or you just can’t work.

Layering is the key to staying warm for extending periods being active outdoors. The North Face has cut its Summit Series line down to the best layering system around with L1 as the base layer all the way up the the L5 mountaineering outer shell with various mid layers as L2, L3 and L4.

The L4 we tested is easily a stand-a-lone jacket of most activities but still light enough toss a rain shell or full guide or mountaineering shell over top.

Greg-NorthFace-FlatrOCK-6717Hauling up rope at Flatrock, Newfoundland on a morning climb testing some new gear. Photo by Erinn Locke.

 

MUMMERS!

MummersParade-2015_GSL-5252-WEBOn George Street, St John’s, Newfoundland for the 2015 Mummers Festival. Lots more photos on their Flickr Photostream. © 2015 GREG LOCKE

Endless Summer 2015

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OK, that might be a bit delusional. July was a weather torture test in Newfoundland and “Winter is Coming” has become “I told you so” as December gets  a firm grip on us and we resign ourselves to the dark months.   ….BUT!  August was awesome and the summer stretched well into October so we got to do some great “fall” shooting that looked like an endless summer. A little bit of climbing with the Newfoundland Youth Team in Stiles Cove,  yoga in the Manuals River with climber and circus aerialist Keely Whitelaw, getting dirty in the political trenches with Marg, Princess Warrior and glorious “summer” photos with NSO musicians Chantelle Jubinville and newest member Rosemary Lawton. The remote sandy beach at Lance Cove Point at the southern tip of the Avalon Peninsula is a match of anything in the tropics …ok, the temps were chilly but it LOOKS like the Caribbean! We took sheep for a boat ride on the islands off Tors Cove, danced with Katie Hardy at Cape Spear and it even made our shoots with Toromont CAT much more pleasurable. Our vacation adventures in August saw us out on the road kayaking, canoeing and exploring the out-of-the-way areas of north east coast of the island. So, here is good-bye to summer and hello winter. Bring it on. Skiing and ice climbing coming up.

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Returning to rural Newfoundland

FAO-WWF-Canada_BaydeVerde-NL_GREGLOCKE-1647Fishermen look for cod fish in the waters near Port de Grave, Conception Bay, Newfoundland. 
© 2015 Greg Locke

Its was nice to return to some old school documentary photography work this summer. I spent a lot of time travelling around Newfoundland, revisiting many of the places I visited as a photojournalist many years ago resulting in the book with Michael Crummey, NEWFOUNDLAND …journey into a lost nation.

Once again, travelling light with two cameras, two lenses and no lights, looking for those little flashes of humanity that tell the stories of a culture and society.

I was surprised and happy to see that the old ways are still out there despite the destroyed fishery, the exodus of people for rural Newfoundland and the “Disneyfication” of culture that comes with an influx of tourism. Sadly, there are so few public outlets for this type of work anymore. The demise of the big news, current affairs and geographical magazines and newspapers mean these stories go untold. Thankfully there are a few dedicated online publication who do still produce good journalism and current affairs. One of those is Facts & Opinions.  This story of rural Newfoundland and more photos can be found on their website. Do check out the story, Life Goes on in Rural Newfoundland.

Climbing with Carla

 The weather has been horrid in Newfoundland so far this spring and summer so we’ve taken advantage of the few nice days to get outdoors and do what we love … explore Newfoundland! I also had the unexpected pleasure of photographing my friend and excellent climber, Carla, who is back on the east coast for the summer.

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Climbing on the Fair Islands

ACC-FairIsland-2015_LOCKE-0663-WEBWe had a great rock climbing and camping trip with the Newfoundland Section of the Alpine Club of Canada to the Fair Islands in Bonavista Bay on Newfoundland’s north east coast. Lots to explore and lots of new rock for bouldering, top rope and trad climbing.

Here is a photo gallery on the ACC NL FaceBook Page

…and THE VIDEO!

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Kayaking The Butterpot

FatherDay-2015-Butterpot-HR-0490Summer finally arrives on Newfoundland’s east coast and its warm enough for some kayak and canoe adventures. Went for a shake down run in Butterpot Provincial Park this weekend. Check out our Explore Newfoundland galleries. © 2015 Greg Locke