Sunday, December 07, 2008


In 1988 I created a slide-tape presentation about tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador which was shown to tourism organizations across the country. I shot most the photos for that award-winning project around the Avalon Peninsula using Kodachrome 64 slide film and am sharing two of them this morning.

The first was taken near the "overpass" on Topsail Road. Mr. Taylor, who was selling lobsters, and one of his customers were willing to be photographed. The boys on a wharf in Tors Cove were cutting "cod tongues" from the fish on the wharf and didn't even know they were being photographed.

One thing that stands out in both photos is the size of the lobster and codfish compared to what I see in my travels today. Since these photos were taken, the northern cod fishery was closed in 1992 and is still closed (in most of the province) to commercial fishing.

Of course, the people are 20 years older than when the photos were taken. The young boys are around 30 years of age now.

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