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On the road in Parts Unknown

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.

Visit Bourdain’s Newfoundland.

…or click on the images to see the stories I worked on for the segment.

 

 

A Class Act….

Happy to see this book finally on the shelves. With A Class Act. An Illustrated History of The Labour Movement in Newfoundland and Labrador, Journalist, Bill Gillispie revisits the history of Newfoundland’s strong labour movement and its evolution from fish and forestry workers to the modern oil industry and white collar government workers. Gillespie and I spent much time digging though my photo archive from the 80s and 90s of news events and my work with workers in Newfoundland and Labrador since 1979. This book is available through Boulder Publications.

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.

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!

Sound Symposium 2016

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Finally catching up in this summer’s work. Check out our photo gallery from this year’s Sound Symposium XVIII, international festival of new music and sound art. A wonderful 10 day adventure in music, performance, sound art and acoustic wonders and aural delights! I got invited to shoot Sound Symposium in 1992 and I’ve been doing it ever since.

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. 
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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.

Little Drummer Girl

NSO-WhitneyRowe-8686-WEBOur latest shoot for the NSO was a cool, breezy evening on the southside of St John’s harbour with percussionist, Whitney Rowe. © 2015 Greg Locke

It’s Mummer time.

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It was a great, wet, fun time at the annual Mummers Parade in St. John’s yesterday. Congratulationd to organizer Ryan Davis and his merry band of volunteers. And thanks for inviting me back for another year.  Visit their website www.mummersfestival.ca in the coming days for an online photo gallery. Photo by Greg Locke © 2014