Newfoundland journal: Living along the edge

I have recently returned from an extended bit of Observational Documentation in one of the most interesting places I have photographed. Newfoundland is stunning. On the northeastern coast of Canada, it feels a lot like my home on the southwestern tip of Vancouver Island. At the same time, it is very different. Over the course of the next few posts, I will share a little of what I observed.


As much of my time is spent around local shorelines, I was greatly attracted to the “landwash” of Newfoundland. For generations, Newfoundlanders have made a living perched along the edges of their island, building their stages, flakes and sheds on insubstantial looking pilings and cribs.

Herein you will find some images captured at or near the landwash.


NB: I travelled with my GFX 50S and X-Pro2, with the intention of using the medium-format camera for most of my photography. Over 90% of the images from Newfoundland were shot with the GFX, fronted primarily with the GF100-200mm f/5.6 lens. I also used the GF32-64mm f/4 lens and the GF63mm f/2.8 lens. I only brought the XF23mm f/2 lens for use with the smaller X-body.

3 responses to “Landwash”

  1. The lovely photographs took me to a place I have only visited in my imagination, to the uncluttered landscape of Elizabeth Bishop’s poems, where detail is not hidden by clutter and where “all is silver: the heavy surface of the sea” (“At the Fishhouses”).

    • Thanks Robin. You might also enjoy Michael Crummey’s work. His novel, The Wreckage, felt relevant in our travels to Fogo Island and the southern shore of the Avalon Peninsula.

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