Greetings! It has been a long time since I last posted. My first book, Arn? Narn. had just come out and there was much cause for celebration. In the ensuing time, I have been quite busy working on a new book. This one is quite a departure from Arn? Narn. in that it is a […]Read More New Book Coming!
One of the most pleasant surprises I had while photographing Arn? Narn. was waking up to an iceberg right outside my Twillingate cabin window. It had not been there the evening before so it snuck up on me, if that’s possible with something so large and majestic. The contrast of the white (and they’re not […]Read More Cruise ships of a different kind.
After the 1992 moratorium on cod fishing was enacted, over 40,000 fisherman lost their livelihood – in one day! Never to come back. The fisherman then turned to lobstering and shrimping as a way to partially recover some of the lost income. As cod fishing, it was hazardous as well. Not only was the actual […]Read More “You know it ain’t easy…” adding insult to injury.
It’s not bad enough that over-fishing has decimated the cod stocks among other edible fish, but careless fishing is endangering other species as well.There are solutions, but is anyone interested? The drive for commerce and the ensuing revenue are wreaking havoc worldwide and not too many seem to care. This report from Oceana addresses this […]Read More Those who forget the past…
For this entry, I considered renaming the blog, “Any fish but this fish.” GMO fish have much to consider, but not much of it is good. Were we better stewards, this would not have become an issue, but we are a hungry planet. Can Soylent Green be far behind? photo by Jenny Downing Genetically […]Read More Today – Any fish, just not this fish.
In my book, Arn? Narn., I document what has happened to rural Newfoundland because of the collapse of the fishing industry. That happened in 1992 and nothing has really changed since then. Reading the following article begs the question, “So why hasn’t anyone learned anything from that?” This is from The Telegram in St. Johns, […]Read More What will it take to learn some lessons?
On the eve of the tenth anniversary of my first trip to Newfoundland to start the photography on the book which was to become Arn? Narn, I find myself still deeply involved with it and Newfoundland. And that’s a really good thing. After the publication, there was a whole bunch of interest in the book. […]Read More Seventeen months and ten years.
Next up in the hunt for Gulf oil riches: Newfoundland SHAWN McCARTHY – GLOBAL ENERGY REPORTER OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail As Quebec moves to open a new oil play on an island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland’s regulator is set to issue a report that will help determine the pace of development in […]Read More To hell with fish, we got oil! Be careful of what you wish for.
So even with revenues from oil bolstering the economy of Newfoundland, it still faces an uncertain future as the oil is expected to run out. This is the ongoing problem with n culture or society based on an extraction economy. Population of Newfoundland and Labrador predicted to plunge over next 20 years Sue Bailey, […]Read More The more things change…
This was posted by the CBC on February 9, 2014. It seems nothing has changed yet everything is changing. Baker | Cod: The great mystery By Jamie Baker, CBC News Posted: Feb 09, 2014 9:49 AM NT Last Updated: Feb 09, 2014 9:49 AM NT In recent years, cod has accounted for about $10 million in […]Read More So, now what?
One of the elements in writing a book such as Arn? Narn is that I believed I remain responsibly informed about the current situation. As I continue to talk about Newfoundland, I’m asked some of the same questions repeatedly, primarily “Will the cod come back? And if so, what would happen?” This is an article […]Read More Things not likely.
It was about ten years ago I conceived of the project that became my book Arn? Narn. Little did I know then of what I was embarking upon. It was nine years ago I made my first and ultimately life-changing trip to Newfoundland to start photography on the book. Eight years ago was the second […]Read More So…
OK. There’s really no danger here. No threats, you can all go about your business. Unless your names are Charles Osgood, Matt Lauer, George Stephanopoulos, Jon Stewart (again!), or Joe Scarborough. Yes, that’s right. I’ve expanded my scope and my sights are set on all of you. George, think how good it would be for […]Read More No one is safe. Well, actually all are but five and you know who you are.
So the fish are gone in Newfoundland. So what? Big deal. Right? Wrong. So very wrong! After more than twenty years, our species, the virus known as man, hasn’t learned a blasted thing. We are still fishing carelessly and without regard to the outcome and the future. Gotta have our sushi. Kitty has to have […]Read More So what? Big deal.
Back in December, I started calling out Jonathan Liebowitz, oops sorry, (you can take the boy out of the neighborhood, but…) Jon Stewart of The Daily Show fame to cover my photo-documentary book Arn? Narn. and the plight of Newfoundlanders. So far he has successfully avoided responding to my posts, tweets, (yes, I tweet now! […]Read More You think this is over? It’s over when I say it’s over.
Well, not everybody but quite a few. I’d like to share a review from The Memphis Flyer of my book Arn? Narn. In the interest of full disclosure, it pretty much lets you know where I do my day job…(what, you think all authors drive Ferrari’s and sip Mojitos by the pool while channeling Norman […]Read More Everybody’s talkin’…
In 1992, the Canadian government shut down the fishing industry in Newfoundland for 10 years in hopes that the fish would come back. When they revisited it in 2002, they found the fish stocks were in worse shape than at the outset of the moratorium. It is now in place permanently. And apparently, outside of […]Read More Lest you think…
Arn? Narn. has been out now for nearly four months. It’s been a wonderful period with much to be thankful for. Sales have been good, reviews have been even better, the Newfoundlanders who have seen it seem to like it. It’s all good. I just wanted to take some space on this post to share […]Read More Thoughts on lessons maybe learned.
Twenty-one years ago, when the Canadian government enacted a moratorium to cease cod fishing, an entire industry and way of life was wiped out. 40,000 jobs gone, just like that. In that first ten year period of the moratorium which is still in effect eleven years later after the original cutoff date, 20% of the […]Read More Enough is enough.
If anyone ever wants to move to another country and apply for citizenship of said country, there are myriad hoops to jump through, not to mention the legal fees involved. I know as I’ve aimlessly looked into it. Over the past few years, as Arn? Narn. became less of an idea, dream, and project and […]Read More Arn? Narn. nation.
The holidays, formerly at our throats, are now behind us. My trip to NYC last week went well, but still no invitation from Jon Stewart of The Daily Show to appear on behalf of Arn? Narn. So, now it’s time to resume my effort to get exposure for my book. Invoking an old Newfoundland tradition, […]Read More This is serious.
Now that the holidays are mercifully behind us, we can get back to our everyday routines no matter how mundane they may be. If you’re lucky, and I believe I am, mundane is not a word you usually use to describe your days. With that in mind, my effort to get exposure for Arn? Narn. […]Read More Game on…
Now we all know Jon Stewart is busy with the last week of the show for 2012. And we also know there have been Jon Stewart sightings in NYC stores and New Jersey malls purchasing Hanukkah gifts for his friends and family. (Hey, Jon?! How about a few copies of my photo-documentary book, Arn? Narn […]Read More Report from the trenches.
As Sherlock Holmes was fond of saying, “Watson, the game is afoot.” And so it is, so it is. I am encouraging any and all of this blog’s readers to help me in my quest, not for the grail, but something equally hard to achieve: a guest spot on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. […]Read More I warned you, Stewart. But, noooo, you didn’t want to listen.
If this were the 1940’s or some such bygone era, the newsreels would be filled with footage of countries arming themselves to the teeth in expectation of battle. Black and white images of soldiers marching off to confrontations yet unplanned, kissing their loved ones goodbye, and smiling innocently. This is nothing like that. This will […]Read More So it begins…
As the holidays approach, the opportunity to create new PR events is slowing down considerably. Consequently, I’m seeking new directions in which to sustain some buzz. If you’ve been following this blog for anytime, you know what I’ve been up to. The most recent is a new campaign to get some exposure for Arn? Narn. […]Read More Slowly, slowly… then BAM! It starts all over again.
A couple of months ago, I sent a guest pitch e-mail for my photo-documentary book Arn? Narn. to Jon Stewart of The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Unlike many others I’ve submitted, someone from his show did respond and for that I give them immense credit. However, they turned me down. OK. I can live […]Read More I’m calling you out, Jon Stewart… you man enough?
Nine years ago today, I was purchasing gear and planning for my first trip to Newfoundland. Little did I know how transforming a journey it would become. I would be leaving in just four months for this then new adventure. And that adventure has continued nine years later. How was I to know what effect […]Read More All things considered, I’d rather be in St. John’s.
So what happens next? Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe even better. Now that the initial push is over, I have to find a way to continue the PR effort. I am open to all suggestions. If as a loyal reader, you have any ideas, send ’em over, I’m game. If I use […]Read More Yes, you in the third row…
It’s a fairly quiet time right now. Arn? Narn. has been out for about a month now and the initial media push is calming down. There’s a radio interview tomorrow and an exhibition/book signing next month. After that, who knows? But the reviews continue to come in and I thought I’d share some with all […]Read More Thank you sir. Please, may I have some more?