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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.

 

 

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.

Explore Newfoundland Project 2015

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Ice climbing in Lance Cove on Southern Shore of the Avalon Peninsula. © 2014 GREG LOCKE #exploreNL

#EXPLORE NEWFOUNDLAND ….adventures in the Newfoundland outdoors is our new project for 2015 where we will be pursuing the spirit of travel, exploration, adventure and the testing of ones physical limits looking for great stories, powerful photos and engaging video of the people who take on the challenges of the land, sea and environment.

In the past couple of years I have been getting re-acquainted with the outdoors and the opportunities for adventure it offers. Hiking, climbing, skiing and any number of human powered endeavors are only minutes out your door in Canada’s most eastern province. We have gathered of a few photos from last year to get our project website up and running and throughout the year we will be adding more photos, video and stories as we seek out the best Newfoundland has to offer in outdoor adventure.

So far this year we have been ice climbing on Cape Broyle and snow shoe racing on Three Pond Barrens. In the next few weeks we’ll be back with new cross-country skiing. Stay tuned for trail running, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and to close out the summer a back country hiking and camping trip through Gros Morne National Park.

visit the #Explore Newfoundland site!

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You can’t do projects like this on your own so we are grateful for the assistance of The Outfitters and Wallnuts Climbing Center in helping us make pictures happen.

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 

RAY GUY, deceased. 1939 – 2013

Ray Guy photographed by Greg Locke for Macleans magazine. © 1993Newfoundland author and journalist Ray Guy photographed by Greg Locke for Macleans magazine. © 1993

Ray Guy has gone to That Far Greater Bay. The news that, at age 74, he passed on last night came as a shock around here. Not that it was unexpected; we knew Ray had been very sick with cancer, but more the realisation that we had lost one of our greatest writers, satirists and journalists. As much as he would chide me if he heard me saying this but it was more like we, as a people, lost a wise elder or ancestor.

Ray’s stories defined post confederation Newfoundland whether it be tales from Bung Hole Tickle or his biting and withering commentary on the political and powerful. That Far Greater Bay is a literary icon of Newfoundland culture and society. For a generation of Newfoundland writers and artists Ray was the touch stone. In a place that reeks of creative talent, quick wit and sharp tongues that is a testament to his impression on our culture.

Many of Newfoundland’s contemporary writers and journalists owe him a lot. For many of us he was our Twain, Leacock and even our Hunter S. Thompson …all rolled into one. He feared none and never shrank from pulling back the curtain on the windows of Newfoundland’s politicians, merchants, clergy and conmen.

Ray Guy photographed by Greg Locke © 2013While I had read many of his books and stories throughout school and early career I first met Ray in 1993 when Macleans magazine sent me to photograph him for a story he was writing for them. I don’t remember the story exactly but something about Newfoundland and confederation …the never ending story. After the usual shots around the house I knew it wasn’t working. Contrary to his public image, Ray was a shy and self-deprecating man and putting him in front of a camera didn’t help matters. I did know he loved his garden so suggested going outside to the greenhouse. We talked and made pictures for a bit and when we were done and I was packing up my gear when he said, “You know what I think about how Newfoundland has been treated by Canada?” Perhaps sensing I needed something more dramatic, he reached down and picked up a dried maple leaf, shot me an impish smile and tore the leaf in half.

I pushed the button.

Since then I’ve had the opportunity to hire Ray as a columnist for fledgling papers and magazines and we always had a good chat when our paths crossed out and about the town. He has written for just about every media in Newfoundland and Labrador in the past and was still writing for the North East Avalon Times newspaper up until March. When we discussed the state of and expected lifespan of newspapers in Newfoundland he told me, “I’ve had so many newspapers shot out from under me I don’t even think about it anymore.”

Somehow, out of his huge and diverse body of work, his quip about Newfoundlanders having a gene pool the size of a Dixie Cup still makes me laugh. So true, so funny.

And as biting as his critique could be he always did it in a funny, entertaining style. Although this may not always been his intention. His book That Far Greater Bay, won a 1977 Stephen Leacock Award for humour.

A native of Arnold’s Cove, Placentia Bay (That Far Greater Bay) his perspective was always of this Newfoundland more than the pompous Townie view of many writers, academics and journalist wannabees. Today’s co-opted disingenuous marketing buzz word for it is “authentic.” He graduated from the journalism program at Ryerson in 1963 and joined the Evening Telegram in St. John’s. During the reign of premiers Joey Smallwood, Frank Moores and Brian Peckford Ray Guy was described as a one man opposition.

In our age of polished PR, media cheerleaders and self-aggrandizement where nobody likes a critic anymore, Newfoundland lost a little bit more of its soul with the passing of Ray Guy.

For more on this celebrated Newfoundlander you can follow these links.

Ray Guy on Wikipedia.

Ed Riche on Ray Guy …another fantastic Newfoundland writer on his friend and mentor.

The Telegram – Ray Guy, dead at 74.