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Neil Edwards, CEO of the NSO

Neil Edwards, CEO, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Photographed by Greg Locke in St. John's, Newfoundland © 2014

Neil Edwards, CEO, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Photographed by Greg Locke in St. John’s, Newfoundland © 2014

 After three years of photographing the musicians of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra in performance, back stage, on the road and in a series of on location photo shoots, I finally got the symphony CEO, Neil Edwards, in the studio and in front of the camera for his portrait. …click to enlarge.  Photo by Greg Locke © 2014.

Updated Offshore photo gallery

Offshore-blogpostWe’ve updated out offshore oil photo gallery. Check it out!

Playing with the cat

Well, summer is over and its time to get back to work. Caterpillar invited us to head out on the road and shoot for them again this year and after the fun we had last year we dropped everything and said YES! Be sure to get your 2015 calendar.  Photo by Greg Locke © 2014

The Honourable Clyde Wells

Clyde Wells by Greg Locke © 2014

Last week, jammed between Sound Symposium and the construction video project, I got asked to do a portrait of Mr. Clyde Wells, esteemed jurist, former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and recently retired as Chief Justice of the Newfoundland Supreme Court.  There was little time and our schedules were not lining up but there was no way I was going to turn it down. As a news photographer in the 90’s I covered him when he was the Premier during the Meech Lake debates, hard economic times in the province and followed him around on a few election campaigns. We also crossed professional paths in his private life as a lawyer and while he was Chief Justice in the Newfoundland Supreme Court. He was always the gentleman and one of the few civil and rational voices in the savagery known as Newfoundland politics. This was my first chance to do a proper portrait. Thank you Mr. Wells. It was my pleasure. 

Photo by Greg Locke © 2014

NSO cellist Rachel Gauntlett

NSO cellist Rachel Gauntlett photographed by Greg Locke in St. John's, Newfondland © 2014

So lucky to get to photograph Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra cellist, Rachel Gauntlett, again this week. Rachel was the first portrait we did when we started The NSO Portraits project nearly two years ago. We photographed her in the Newman Wine Vaults. If you are thinking, hey wait a minute, isn’t it winter in Newfoundland you would be right. We got out of the snow in an empty parking garage but Rachel  still had to tough it out for the nearly 2 hour photo shoot in sub zero temps. Talented, beautiful and ….tough!  You should visit her website at www.rachelgauntlett.com. Photo by Greg Locke © 2014.

At The Silver Ball with the NSO

At the 2014 Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra annual Silver Ball. St. John's Newfoundland. Photographer; Greg Locke © 2014

Had a wonderful evening at the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Silver Ball on Saturday night. Technically, I wasn’t working (just enjoying the evening) but I had my trusty little Fuji X20 with me and never could let a nice photo pass by. So, I snuck into the cello section to get this shot of Sarah-Jane Johnson. Ms Johnson is a MUN Music masters student and recipient of the Suncor Energy Strings Fellowship. Photo by Greg Locke © 2014.

Youth Climbing Competition

A poster we did for the upcoming Youth Climbing Competition happening in St. John’s on Feb 16th. It features a photo of daughter Erinn (of course!) in competition at Wallnuts Climbing Centre. This is an Alpine Club of Canada sanctioned competition and qualifier event for the eastern Canada regional championships to be held in Toronto in April. If you want to see some amazing young athletes like no other, you really should come out and see these kids compete.

Also see our photo gallery of the Newfoundland Junior Climbing Team

For more on the Alpine Club of Canada activities in Newfoundland visit the new website of the ACC NL

© 2013 Greg Locke

Happy 2014 from St. John’s, Newfoundland

Our first photo of 2014 is, once again, the New Years Eve fireworks at Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John’s, Newfoundland. At 10:30PM in sub-zero temps Erinn, Sue and I headed out to the White Hills to take u p position over looking the lake with a great view of east end of the city. eah, it was cold. Click image to see large view. Copyright © 2014 Greg Locke – www.greglocke.com

Thanks for the Mummeries

2013 Mummers Parade photographed by Greg Locke in St. John's, Newfoundland. © 201 - www.greglocke.com…click to enlarge

As the year ends and winter gets a grip in the Northern latitudes, many cultures mark the passing of another year and the coming of winter with annual religious and folk festivals and events. Here in Newfoundland, the remote and isolated coastal fishing villages long held on to traditions brought from England and Ireland. A mix of ancient Celtic, Pagan and Anglo-Saxon rituals merged with Christianity and the celebration of Christmas. One of those traditions, Mummering, has enjoyed a cultural revival in urban areas in recent years.

For the second year in a row I’ve been honoured to photograph the Mummer’s Parade in St. John’s, brilliantly organized by Ryan Davis and his merry band of volunteers.

You can find out more about The Mummers Festival at mummersfestival.ca and see more of my photos there. If you have a subscription to Facts & Opinions to can get an edited slide show mixed with audio and music from this years parade by the Armagh Rhymers, who visited from Ireland.

….enjoy your holidays and let the mummers in for a drink if they come knocking at your door on a dark wintery night.

Eleanor McCain in Newfoundland with NSO

Eleanor McCain in Corner Brook, Newfoundland with the NSO. Photo by Greg Locke © 2013

Our last major shoot of 2013 could not have been more pleasurable. Four days on tour on the west coast of Newfoundland with the brilliant musicians and crew of  Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and vocalist Eleanor McCain for the Christmas Pops Tour. We stole Eleanor away from rehearsals to play in the snow and shoot some photos in wintery Corner Brook.  But at -20C it was a pretty quick shoot.!