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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.

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.

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.

Launch of Facts & Opinions website

GULU, UGANDA. 09DEC04: –HUMANITARIAN CRISIS NORTH UGANDA — Musicians and dancers rehearse for a visit by Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni to their refugee village of Awere in northern Uganda. 1.6 Million people have been displaced from their homes and farms in the provinces of northern Uganda and relocated to “protected villages” since 1996 due to the conflict between the Uganda governments UPDF army and The Lord’s Resistance Army. An extremist Christian rebel group led by Joseph Kony who gets arms and supplies from the fundamentalist Muslim government in Sudan. Photo by Greg Locke © 2004. (041209-097GSL.jpg)

 

For a long time I have lacked an outlet for my editorial photography and documentary work. With the collapse of news magazines, newspapers and just about every other consumer publication, clients and budgets disappeared. Quality journalism cost money to produce and few are willing to pay  in the media business these days.

Well, I’m happy to say that I am a part of a new journalism website that is being launched tonight. It’s original, insightful, quality journalism by experienced and professional journalists, editors and producers from around the world. It will be a subscriber access and pay-per-view on October 1. Until then, it’s free for you to have a look around to see if you like it.

If journalism is to survive it has to be created and purchased as a valuable product by people who care and understand the role of journalism and reporting in our society. The “retail media” business model of using journalism in a bait and switch shell game to sell your eyeballs to advertisers is over. It failed. Welcome to the new journalism.

If you have read this far, Thank You! and if you like good journalism please check out Facts & Opinions.com