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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.

The Last Harvest – End of the Newfoundland Cod Fishery

Newfoundland fisherman photoGerald Cooper, in Trinity Bay, on his last day of fishing in 1992 when the Canadian government banned cod fishing in Newfoundland and Labrador. Photo by Greg Locke © 1992 Copyright.


It’s a cold, foggy day in the fishing village of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland. It’s just 20 kilometres south of downtown St. John’s, but it feels much farther.

There is not much activity or many people around the few remaining wharfs and twine lofts that once were buzzing hives of fishing activity ringing the harbour. Today, it’s just a few frozen tourists looking to make photos of a Newfoundland that doesn’t exist anymore.

Twenty years ago I was here, too. It was a beautiful warm summer day and I was standing in this same spot on the breakwater with my cameras in hand.

The harbour was filled with fishermen and their boats coming and going to the nearby fishing grounds. But there were no fish this day. Their boats were filled with cod traps and anchors being re­turned to their storage places to rust and rot.  ….rest at the Halifax Chronicle Herald

Also see our project project; NEWFOUNDLAND …journey into a lost nation