Category Archives: On the road

Harpist, Sarah Veber.

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One of my last shoots of the summer was with the talented young harpist, Sarah Veber from St Philip’s, Newfoundland. She studies music in Ottawa but will be returning to St John’s to play with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra for selected concerts this season beginning with the Nov 11 performance of Mozart’s Requiem at the NSO MASTERWORKS 2; HONOUR. REFLECT. REMEMBER at the historic Basilica of Saint John The Baptist. We photographed her in a meadow in her home town overlooking Conception Bay, Newfoundland.

Annual CAT report

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Very happy to have shot the cover art for the Toromont CAT 2015 Annual Report. Always dirty fun and adventure out playing with the cats.

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

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Cats playing at night

CAT-SoldiersPond-WEB_GSL-3456Shooting in the rain and mud for Toromont Cat when road culvert upgrades required the closing of the 4 lane Trans Canada Highway west of St John’s, Newfoundland for a weekend. River damned, trench dug, culverts laid, buried and paved in three days. Required a bunch of Nikon Speedlights laying around in the mud to fill in the shadows from the massive generator powered work light towers. © 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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Working with Marg!

marg-F&O_GREGLOCKE-3714Such a great pleasure with work with Mary Walsh and her small guerrilla team on the Marg Brings Change campaign during the 2015 election. You can check out all the videos, memes and posters at margbringschange.ca. …and MARG!, Princess Warrior, didn’t have to smite anyone. Although the Canadian voter certainly smited Stephen Harper and the Conservative party. Canada now returns to regular programming.

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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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NSO Season Subscription brochure

NSO2015SeasonBrochure760pxThe NSO 2015/16 season subscription brochure is finally out with violinist Jessica Pereversoff on the cover. Designed by Perfect Day Canada and printed by Quikprint in St John’s. We shot this on a cold, wet, windy March day. Challenging for all involved! …but mostly Jessica. Hair and Makeup by Olivia Chafe and Erinn Locke on assisting duties.