Whoa. What a campaign. I worked on Chrystia Freeland's by-election in Toronto Centre and it was an amazing experience. Or set of experiences. I got to photograph Justin Trudeau from close up, sat through Friday prayers at a mosque, watched a Deputy Returning Officer get fired at 4PM on election day, listen to an NDP poll worker's racist rant about non-english speakers, talked about artillery with Lt. Gen. (ret) Andrew Leslie, watched Kevin Clarke go ballistic, met dozens of fascinating people, had tons of energy, got to be a part of the game, and to top it off, a fantastic party after we won.
It was a good time. The biggest thing was that they asked me to take photos. I forgot that I could do people pictures. Its been such a long time. But I knew exactly what to do, and despite being very rusty, managed to do it. Here are some of the best photos. Some are duplicates of earlier posts, but I did all these over again as I gained practice at Lightroom and Photoshop.
Justin Trudeau canvassing on Parliament Street.
Linda McQuaig, John Deverell, Chrystia Freeland at the UofT debate.
Paul Martin canvassing in Yorkville.
John Tory moderating the debate at Jarvis Collegiate.
Chrystia at the Jarvis debate.
Chrystia's handlers Rebecca and Ben fiercely concentrating during a scrum at the Jarvis debate.
Bob Rae, Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne at a campaign rally.