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I was given the opportunity to act as Creative Director and Photographer leading a group of five Georgian College students to NYC to participate in the Global Citizen Festival. We had to navigate through a visit from the Pope and work through many searches by the Secret Service as they looked after special guest Michelle Obama but we achieved our main goal, which was to photograph the Canadian perspective on the Global Citizen Initiative.
I walked through the Central Park and a crowd of 60,000 concert attendees, all of whom had earned the right to be there as social media activists for the cause. In between Ed Sheeran, Cold Play, Beyoncé and Pearl Jam I would shout out "Who is Canadian" while sporting a T-Shirt that said "I want to photograph Canadians!" I used a 24mm f/1.4 Nikkor shot wide open, which meant that I was very close to the subject. After a few frames, which allowed them to get used to the close proximity, I asked them if they would do something for me as I made the image. I invited them to reflect on what issue was most important to them as a Canadian and as an advocate for the Global Citizen Project. You could see the change that such an intimate request made of them and with the weight of that responsibility I made these images and more.