UWO Linebacker John Surla #33

14 12 2010

Did a photoshoot with UWO Mustangs linebacker John Surla tonight.  We were looking for promo shots for next season – getting a bit of a head start it seems.  For shooting in pretty tight quarters, I’m happy with the results.

Western Mustangs linebacker John Surla #33

Western Mustangs linebacker John Surla #33

Western Mustangs linebacker John Surla #33

Western Mustangs linebacker John Surla #33

Western Mustangs linebacker John Surla #33

Western Mustangs linebacker John Surla #33

Western Mustangs linebacker John Surla #33

Western Mustangs linebacker John Surla #33

Western Mustangs linebacker John Surla #33

Western Mustangs linebacker John Surla #33

Western Mustangs linebacker John Surla #33

Western Mustangs linebacker John Surla #33

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Snowmageddon!!!

14 12 2010

An incredibly isolated band of snow squalls settled in over the London region early this past week dumping over 100cm of snow in some areas.  Lucan, which is located roughly a half hour drive north of London, had close to 140cm of snow during this three day event.  For those of you unfamiliar with the fluffy white stuff, our average annual snowfall for this area is somewhere in the ballpark of 200cm.  So Lucan had almost 3/4 of their annual snow within a 72 hour window.  Intense to say the least.  London shut down, literally.  Travel was made nearly impossible, not just because of the blinding snow, but dodging pedestrians became something of a sport.  Here’s a collection of photos taken for the local paper, the London Free Press:

A woman skis down Victoria Street in London on Tuesday December 7th, 2010.  Over three feet of snow has fallen since Sunday, closing schools, creating treacherous driving conditions and shutting down the transit system, leaving some residents finding alternative modes of transportation.

A woman skis down Victoria Street in London on Tuesday December 7th, 2010. Over three feet of snow has fallen since Sunday, closing schools, creating treacherous driving conditions and shutting down the transit system, leaving some residents finding alternative modes of transportation.

Pedestrians wade through snow as they make their way up UC Hill towards the tower at the University of Western Ontario in London on Tuesday December 7th, 2010.  Over three feet of snow has fallen since Sunday, closing schools and shutting down the transit system, with no relief in sight until Wednesday.

Pedestrians wade through snow as they make their way up UC Hill towards the tower at the University of Western Ontario in London on Tuesday December 7th, 2010. Over three feet of snow has fallen since Sunday, closing schools and shutting down the transit system, with no relief in sight until Wednesday.

Conan Masterson and Marla Botterill walk through Victoria Park in London on Monday, December 6th, 2010.  With a heavy snowfall across the region continuing, the two friends enjoyed an evening stroll through the snowy downtown park.

Conan Masterson and Marla Botterill walk through Victoria Park in London on Monday, December 6th, 2010. With a heavy snowfall across the region continuing, the two friends enjoyed an evening stroll through the snowy downtown park.

Natas Davis, 13, shovels snow in his family's driveway in London on Monday, December 6th, 2010.  With a heavy snowfall across the region, schools were closed giving kids like Davis a chance to enjoy the wintery weather.

Natas Davis, 13, shovels snow in his family's driveway in London on Monday, December 6th, 2010. With a heavy snowfall across the region, schools were closed giving kids like Davis a chance to enjoy the wintery weather.





Planes, trains, and automobiles …

4 09 2010

Well, the train may not be so obvious.  I’m currently speeding towards our nation’s capital, and thanks to the free wireless on VIA Rail, I figure it’s a good time to post another update.  Here’s some work from the last couple of weeks, mostly from my time at the London Free Press, which sadly has come to an end, but also from my renewed partnership working with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs.  Hope you enjoy!

Homeowner Derrick Thomas looks at what used to be a print of a soaring eagle, now a burnt piece of paper still in it's frame in the livingroom of his York Street home on Friday, September 3rd, 2010 after an early morning fire destroyed the front portion of the house. Thomas' daughter woke up when she smelled smoke and alerted her parents who evacuated the house. Derrick was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. Fire officials cite "improperly discarded smoking materials" as the cause of the fire, which Derrick disputes.

Homeowner Derrick Thomas looks at what used to be a print of a soaring eagle, now a burnt piece of paper still in it's frame in the livingroom of his York Street home on Friday, September 3rd, 2010 after an early morning fire destroyed the front portion of the house. Thomas' daughter woke up when she smelled smoke and alerted her parents who evacuated the house. Derrick was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. Fire officials cite "improperly discarded smoking materials" as the cause of the fire, which Derrick disputes.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, wipes rain drops from his glasses as he sits with London West MP Ed Holder, right, at the London International Airport in London, Ontario on Thursday, September 2nd, 2010.  Harper was on hand for the official opening of The Foreign Trade Cargo Complex, a full-service cargo facility expected to handle more than 300,000 tonnes of cargo each year, which the government helped fund.  The new addition to the airport will generate around 150 jobs and Harper hopes the new terminal will help London become a major transportation hub.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, wipes rain drops from his glasses as he sits with London West MP Ed Holder, right, at the London International Airport in London, Ontario on Thursday, September 2nd, 2010. Harper was on hand for the official opening of The Foreign Trade Cargo Complex, a full-service cargo facility expected to handle more than 300,000 tonnes of cargo each year, which the government helped fund. The new addition to the airport will generate around 150 jobs and Harper hopes the new terminal will help London become a major transportation hub.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks as rain pours down at the London International Airport in London, Ontario on Thursday, September 2nd, 2010.  Harper was on hand for the official opening of The Foreign Trade Cargo Complex, a full-service cargo facility expected to handle more than 300,000 tonnes of cargo each year, which the government helped fund.  The new addition to the airport will generate around 150 jobs and Harper hopes the new terminal will help London become a major transportation hub.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks as rain pours down at the London International Airport in London, Ontario on Thursday, September 2nd, 2010. Harper was on hand for the official opening of The Foreign Trade Cargo Complex, a full-service cargo facility expected to handle more than 300,000 tonnes of cargo each year, which the government helped fund. The new addition to the airport will generate around 150 jobs and Harper hopes the new terminal will help London become a major transportation hub.

Stratford Cullitons Brock Reynolds, left, celebrates after putting the puck between the legs of London Nationals goalie Mark Foley during an offensive rush at their game on Saturday, August 28th, 2010 at the Western Fair Sports Complex.  Stratford won the game 2-1.

Stratford Cullitons Brock Reynolds, left, celebrates after putting the puck between the legs of London Nationals goalie Mark Foley during an offensive rush at their game on Saturday, August 28th, 2010 at the Western Fair Sports Complex. Stratford won the game 2-1.

Sarah Foss, 8, left, and Jenny Wren, right, write and draw on paper as they answer the question posed to them, "what is happiness?" at Ark Aid Mission on Dundas Street on Saturday, August 28th, 2010.

Sarah Foss, 8, left, and Jenny Wren, right, write and draw on paper as they answer the question posed to them, "what is happiness?" at Ark Aid Mission on Dundas Street on Saturday, August 28th, 2010.

RCMP investigators remove evidence from the home of Dr. Khuram Sher on Bramblewood Street in London, Ontario on Thursday, August 26th, 2010.  Sher, a phathologist, has been arrested in a suspected terrorism plot .

RCMP investigators remove evidence from the home of Dr. Khuram Sher on Bramblewood Street in London, Ontario on Thursday, August 26th, 2010. Sher, a phathologist, has been arrested in a suspected terrorism plot .

World War II veteran Bob Kennedy talks about his experience during the war while sitting in his London home on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010.  Kennedy will be celebrating his 90th birthday on September 2nd, the same day as the VJ anniversary.  The Scottish native was serving in the Pacific off of southern Japan when the island nation surrendered to Allied forces..

World War II veteran Bob Kennedy talks about his experience during the war while sitting in his London home on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010. Kennedy will be celebrating his 90th birthday on September 2nd, the same day as the VJ anniversary. The Scottish native was serving in the Pacific off of southern Japan when the island nation surrendered to Allied forces..

Alex Hann, 14, catches air as he takes advantage of the warm, sunny Friday afternoon weather to get in a skating session at the skatepark in the Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre.

Alex Hann, 14, catches air as he takes advantage of the warm, sunny Friday afternoon weather to get in a skating session at the skatepark in the Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre on August 13th, 2010.

Pter Scrivener, left, shares a bucket of balls with his six-year-old son Evan as the pair practice on the driving range at the North London Golf Centre on Tuesday afternoon.

Pter Scrivener, left, shares a bucket of balls with his six-year-old son Evan as the pair practice on the driving range at the North London Golf Centre on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010.

Western Mustangs football players John Surla, left, Mike Van Praet and Conor Elliott go up against players from the London Minor Football Association during a photo shoot for Mustangs' game day programs.

Western Mustangs football players John Surla, left, Mike Van Praet and Conor Elliott go up against players from the London Minor Football Association during a photo shoot for Mustangs' game day programs.





Some recent(ish) work …

10 08 2010

Here’s some work from the past month or so:

Nancy Couture and her boyfriend, Sean McGee, comfort each other after firefighters put out a fire which caused somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000 of damage on Friday afternoon.  While Couture's daughter and grandson could not be initially accounted for, they later showed up after leaving to buy drinks at a local convenience store.

Nancy Couture and her boyfriend, Sean McGee, comfort each other after firefighters put out a fire which caused somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000 of damage on Friday afternoon. While Couture's daughter and grandson could not be initially accounted for, they later showed up after leaving to buy drinks at a local convenience store.

Brad Phillips, left, high-fives Michael Augustine as he crosses the finish line in the first leg of the MS Bike Tour from Grand Bend to London on Saturday.  Augustine, an ambassador for the Multiple=

Brad Phillips, left, high-fives Michael Augustine as he crosses the finish line in the first leg of the MS Bike Tour from Grand Bend to London on Saturday. Augustine, an ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada who was diagnosed with the disease 18 years ago, was at the finish line to offer his support and thanks to each of the 1,720 riders taking part in this year's event. Organizers are thrilled with the event which has raised $1.1 million dollars for the Society.

Janice Broski, 71, from Edmonton, watches her ball roll down the alley during the bowling event at the 2010 Special Olympics at Fleetway on Wednesday.  The games, which feature around 1,400 athletes from across Canada competing in 8 sporting events, run now through till Saturday.

Janice Broski, 71, from Edmonton, watches her ball roll down the alley during the bowling event at the 2010 Special Olympics at Fleetway on Wednesday. The games, which feature around 1,400 athletes from across Canada competing in 8 sporting events, run now through till Saturday.

Dotsy The Clown, otherwise known as Shelley Summers, holds a balloon flower at Dotsy's Entertainment Company in St. Thomas on Tuesday.

Dotsy The Clown, otherwise known as Shelley Summers, holds a balloon flower at Dotsy's Entertainment Company in St. Thomas on Tuesday.

Frazer Azzoli of The P.A. Shop carries a tent post past rows of chairs as he helps set up TD Waterhouse stadium for the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Special Olympics on Monday.  The Opening Ceremonies take place at 7pm on Tuesday, with athletic competitions running until July 17th.

Frazer Azzoli of The P.A. Shop carries a tent post past rows of chairs as he helps set up TD Waterhouse stadium for the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Special Olympics on Monday. The Opening Ceremonies take place at 7pm on Tuesday, with athletic competitions running until July 17th.

A man cradles a boy at the scene of a three-vehicle collision that sent four people, including the boy and a girl, to hospital and shut down Horton St. near Thames St. Monday .

A man cradles a boy at the scene of a three-vehicle collision that sent four people, including the boy and a girl, to hospital and shut down Horton St. near Thames St. Monday .

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch crosses the line at the start of the race at Delaware Speedway on Wednesday night for the Summer Showdown.  The special event features NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch, David Reutimann, and Jason Leffler competing against our local drivers.

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch crosses the line at the start of the race at Delaware Speedway on Wednesday night for the Summer Showdown. The special event features NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch, David Reutimann, and Jason Leffler competing against our local drivers.

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff talks with Marie Peterson in the background as his wife, Zsuzsanna Zsohar speaks with Fanny Goose at a breakfast at a north London home on Sunday morning for Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff as his Liberal Express cross-country tour stopped in London over the weekend.

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff talks with Marie Peterson in the background as his wife, Zsuzsanna Zsohar speaks with Fanny Goose at a breakfast at a north London home on Sunday morning for Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff as his Liberal Express cross-country tour stopped in London over the weekend.

Liberal MP Justin Trudeau is greeted by Samira El-Hindi, left, and Mary McLaughlin, right, at El-Hindi's north London home on Sunday morning as they await the arrival of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff as he stops in London on his Liberal Express cross-country tour.

Liberal MP Justin Trudeau is greeted by Samira El-Hindi, left, and Mary McLaughlin, right, at El-Hindi's north London home on Sunday morning as they await the arrival of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff as he stops in London on his Liberal Express cross-country tour.





OFSAA Track & Field

11 06 2010

I spent three days covering the OFSAA Track & Field Championships here in London at TD Waterhouse Stadium for the London Free Press.  With a massive downpour literally half an hour before the start of the event, things were looking shaky on Day 1, but the weather subsided, and the high school athletes from across Ontario were able to compete.  I was shocked to learn that this track meet is the second largest gathering of athletes in North America.  I was also shocked to learn I’d forgotten my sunscreen …. and now I look like Rudolph with a bright red nose.  Despite radiating heat like a nuclear reactor for three days, I came through and produced some of my better sports work in some months.  Here’s the highlights:

Katie Schurr, left, of Medway, loses her footing through the water trough during the Open Women's 2000m Steeplechase Final

Madeleine Davidson, of Toronto, catches her breath on the track after running in the Senior Girls 3000m Finals

Andrea Farkas, of Brampton, grimaces as she flies through the air during the Senior Girls Long Jump

Kelly Hennesy, left, unties her shoes as Tilly Greenfield, right, catches her breath after running in the Junior Girls 3000m Finals

Alysha Newman, of Mother Theresa Secondary, launches herself towards the bar during the Midget and Junior Girls Mixed Pole Vault competition at the OFSAA Track and Field Championships at TD Waterhouse in London on Saturday, June 5th. Newman set a new OFSAA record height of 3.75m, beating the record the previous record of 3.26m which she set last year.

Mitchell Mazzuca, sporting shaved lightning bolts, sets his blocks prior to running in the Midget Boys 400m Finals

Gregory MacNeill, of Mother Teresa, runs down the final straight as competitor Aaron Brown, of Birchmont Park, lies injured on the track behind him during the Senior Boys 200m Finals





March Update

18 03 2010

It’s been a while since my last update, so here’s some recent work from the past few weeks.  I found some older work from the archive which I will post in the coming week to give a better idea of the broad spectrum of work I do week in and week out.

The sun sets as a patient is unloaded from an air ambulane outside of Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario on March 8th, 2010.

The sun sets as a patient is unloaded from an air ambulane outside of Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario on March 8th, 2010.

University of Western Ontario Mustangs captain Luc Martin (11) shoots the puck through the legs of former London Knight and current UOIT goalie Jason Guy (34) during game 3 of their playoff series at Thompson Arena on Sunday, February 21st, 2010.

University of Western Ontario Mustangs captain Luc Martin (11) shoots the puck through the legs of former London Knight and current UOIT goalie Jason Guy (34) during game 3 of their playoff series at Thompson Arena on Sunday, February 21st, 2010.

Justin Deroy takes a break from his work as a carpenter to talk about a routine surgical procedure that resulted in a possible wrongful diagnosis.  After removing a cyst from his neck, his surgeon went on to remove lymph nodes which at the time were thought to contain cancer, after which Deroy was told he only had a short time to live.  It was later discovered that the pathology results were wrong, and Deroy was not sick.

Justin Deroy takes a break from his work as a carpenter to talk about a routine surgical procedure that resulted in a possible wrongful diagnosis. After removing a cyst from his neck, his surgeon went on to remove lymph nodes which at the time were thought to contain cancer, after which Deroy was told he only had a short time to live. It was later discovered that the pathology results were wrong, and Deroy was not sick.

A pedestrian walks past Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario on February 26th, 2010.  The hospital, along with two others in the Windsor region, are under scrutiny after it was recently discovered a surgeon made errors in reading pathology reports, resulting in unnecessary masectomys being performed.  As a result, around 15,000 pathology reports spanning the past ten years are being investigated.

A pedestrian walks past Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario on February 26th, 2010. The hospital, along with two others in the Windsor region, are under scrutiny after it was recently discovered a surgeon made errors in reading pathology reports, resulting in unnecessary masectomys being performed. As a result, around 15,000 pathology reports spanning the past ten years are being investigated.

Guelph Gryphons wrestler Mathieu DesChatelets, bottom, holds Brock Badgers' Ryan McCracken in a body lock during a preliminary matchup at the OUA Wrestling Championships at the Univeristy of Western Ontario's Alumni Hall in London, Ontario on February 20th, 2010.

Guelph Gryphons wrestler Mathieu DesChatelets, bottom, holds Brock Badgers' Ryan McCracken in a body lock during a preliminary matchup at the OUA Wrestling Championships at the Univeristy of Western Ontario's Alumni Hall in London, Ontario on February 20th, 2010.

Cayleigh Whitaker, left, celebrates with team mates during their final home game of the Western Mustangs Women's Volleyball 2009-10 season at Alumni Hall in London, Ontario.

Cayleigh Whitaker, left, celebrates with team mates during their final home game of the Western Mustangs Women's Volleyball 2009-10 season at Alumni Hall in London, Ontario.





Sunshine Foundation DreamLift 2009 – A Day In The Happiest Place On Earth!!!

3 11 2009

On October 29th, 2009, 77 children from around Southwestern Ontario who are challenged by severe physical disabilities or life threatening illnesses took the trip of a lifetime during a whirlwind one-day visit to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Joined by 55 members of the London Police Services as well as healthcare professionals, the children were buddied up and set loose in the park for a day of rides, fun, and the chance to meet their favourite Disney characters in person.  I had the pleasure and joy of documenting the day for the Sunshine Foundation (www.sunshine.ca) and will not soon forget riding a roller coaster with Jason, who was so excited he asked the ride operator to let him stay on and ride again (the ride operator of course obliged), or the beaming smile on Hailey’s face as she met Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the flesh.  Here are some photos from the day:

 

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