Only Spectators

June 2017

Portraits of Labrador | Photo by Mavis Penney | D’s Landing, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL | Copyright 2017

Darrell Bennett is a Happy Valley-Goose Bay businessman. He recently sold his family store and gas-bar to his daughter and son-in-law, but he is still active in wholesaling and distributing foods, which is why he was in the store on a Sunday afternoon, getting a snack. I said, “So, you’re still working, then.” “Yes,” he laughed, “I haven’t won the lottery yet!”

“Stand next to this beer cooler for a photo,” I said, “next to the winning team.” And he did, but not before he pointed out that they, along with his own favorite NHL team, had both been put out in Round 1 of the hockey playoffs. “Broke my heart,” he said, “but what can you do? We’re only spectators.”

The Tamarack Camera Club has partnered with the Labrador Institute on a photography project called The Humans of Labrador. Some of these photos will be published here as Portraits of Labrador.  The series was launched with this photo by John Graham.

Sending Up Kites

BY Matthew Hollett

NEWFOUNDLAND QUARTERLY was founded in 1901, the same year Marconi flew a 500-foot kite on Signal Hill and intercepted the first trans-Atlantic wireless transmission. The second-oldest magazine in Canada, NQ began as “a literary magazine of interest to Newfoundlanders at home and abroad,” which is not far off the way it describes itself today, as “a cultural journal of Newfoundland and Labrador.” That’s a remarkable persistency of purpose over 116 years.

Yanksgiving in Newfoundland

BY Emily Deming

“No one insists on the crudité platter every year because they love raw vegetables. We are insisting on our place at the table; on being recognized for what we believe we are within our family, within our group of friends, within our community.”