I got a text message friday evening asking whether or not I could cover either basketball saturday evening or hockey sunday afternoon. I went with the hockey. The last Ravens game I saw was the men’s which included two fights and a mis-conduct suspension for both Carleton and Ottawa U. Sunday it was the women’s turn to play the Gee Gee’s, again we won. It was too bad they had a nice 2-0 lead going into the third period, UOttawa managed to score two goals, but the Ravens go one towards the end to put them over the top. Here’s a few images from the game.
Today was the nationwide protest about Stephen Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament. I woke up a little late and unfortunately didn’t have time to eat, or even make sure I had fully charged battery’s before I had to rush out the door. I arrived at the hill at about 12:45 and our writer, Veronica, had already arrived. At this point there were about 200 or so people milling around but nothing substantial…
By about 1:30 there were more than 1000 people on the hill and all one could see around the gates was streams of people coming in. The demographic range was huge too. I spent most of the afternoon crowding around the staircase in front of the peace tower. One by one people came up to the mic to plead their case for outrage over the prorogation. Crowded in a nice semi-circle around the base of the steps were 10-12 TV camera’s covering the spectrum of Canadian media by that I mean everyone, CTV, CBC, Global, CPAC, APTN, and numerous local and online stations as well. I did my best to stay the fuck out of their way.
The day was going pretty well there was a host of people [mostly political leaders] coming up to speak and I had picked out a nice spot. I was crammed between two 40-year-old men with cameras 3/4m from the podium while Michael Ignatieff was speaking; it was a perfect place to get nice and intimate with the 24mm. Suddenly I felt my other camera go slack from my shoulder, then a sickening crash, then an audible gasp from the assembled photo/videographers around me… Turns out the cold weather had made the plastic on my [replacement] camera strap turn brittle. I had my 30D [w/grip] and my 70-200mm hanging from it, a fairly heavy combination. The strap broke and the camera fell one metre and hit the stone steps in front of the peace tower. I very nearly shit myself. This is why people should use Canon equipment; I was able to pick up my camera, check the lens, mirror and sensor and nothing had been cracked. After reattaching the lens, and tying the strap to the camera, I was able to continue shooting. Also the strap wasn’t a Canon one [third party] maybe thats something to consider…
Below I have six images, one of Ignatieff speaking, one of Jack Layton, one crowd shot and my favourite picture from all the ones I took, an image of a protest group here in Ottawa [I saw them at the drop fees protest as well] called the raging grannies. They lead the crowd in a few songs, it was pretty damn funny. As well as one of Dewar and Layton and one of an efegy of Harper.
I haven’t been to the office today and I forget how to upload photo galleries from home. But tomorrow afternoon I should have several images [not the ones already posted here] uploaded to the Charlatan’s website as a web gallery.
Okay so my blogging has been a little sporadic and inconsistent. Hopefully this semester I find more time to dedicate to this website, in the interim you’ll have to excuse the lack of entries.
Where to begin? after a month-long hiatus the Charlatan is back in print with a vengeance, which means I have tonnes of reasons to pick up a camera. Our first cover story back was on addictions, specifically they wanted the cover to illustrate Muscular Dysmorphia, which is basically reverse anorexia in males where we feel the need to work out over the top…interesting feature and a challenging photo to take. I am still a little unsure how I feel about the results. Obviously the photo works, but I feel like I could have put more effort into making the models seem realistic, however, I will cite time constraints as my reason…
The other two are photos from a media preview of Bash’d! A Gay Rap Opera. Its a play thats being produced by the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa from January 12-31. Pretty simple, I arrived and there were a few photogs milling about and a couple of seated writers scribbling away. After a few interviews Chris and Nathan (who wrote the play and star in it as T-Bag and Feminem, respectively) took to the stage to perform one of the musical pieces. It was a rap (obviously) comparing how homosexuals use the word “fag” the same way that black rappers use the word “nigger.” A little racy? sure, still I found it funny, anyways, the next day our reviewer went and loved it, so this week were putting it on cover.
The addictions cover… vol 39. issue 18 jan 7-13
T-Bag on the left and Feminem on the right pose for the cameras after their performance.
This weeks cover (Vol 39 issue 20 jan 20-27)