Outmigration by Colin Tobin

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An abandoned residence in the community of Gaskers in St. Mary’s Bay — in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada — which is in the process of being demolished.

The Canadian government imposed a moratorium on the Northern cod fishery on 2 July 1992. The closure ended almost 500 years of fishing activity in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The cod moratorium sparked the single largest mass layoff in Canadian history and put about 30,000 fishers and plant workers out of work. In the 10 years following the moratorium, the province’s population dropped by a record 10 per cent, leaving a large number of houses abandoned in rural fishing communities all across the island.


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  • VonMcKnelly
    VonMcKnellyabout 6 years ago

    Spectacular image and yet sad…if it evokes an emotion it’s a good image…this evokes loads Colin!

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarabout 6 years ago

    Great shot!!!!!!! SAlly xxoo

  • justimagine
    justimagineabout 6 years ago

    Provocative image and well done Colin, look forward to more.

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanabout 6 years ago

    such a great image and your description is fascinating but so sad

  • Smile
    Smileabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot!! Great write up too!

  • Silvia Ganora
    Silvia Ganoraabout 6 years ago

    Well done, Colin! I really like the light and particularly the torn wallpaper.

  • mindym306
    mindym306about 6 years ago

    Great capture! Love the composition! Very interesting image!

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerabout 6 years ago

    Very sad,,I left Newfoundland in 1992.

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehabout 6 years ago

    Nice framing and colors.

  • Jerame    *
    Jerame *about 6 years ago

    well done

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