At the weekend I went to shoot the Fury against Saint Louis. I'd never shot a football game on an artificial surface before, so it was interesting to see how it went. The ball moves a bit quicker and bounces a bit higher than on grass but there wasn't too much difference.
The main sub-text to the game was Fury captain Carl Haworth playing his 150th game for the club, he was honoured before kick-off (below).
The Fury played fairly well having the better of the first half with Carl Haworth completing an ideal day for him by getting the opening goal (following two images) from a free kick with Hadji Barry scoring the second. Saint Louis got a goal back in the second half but couldn't find an equaliser.
I've not covered a hockey game yet, so I thought it'd be a good time to start with the 67's who are top of the the standings in the OHL and I was lucky that the 67's were happy to let me in to cover the game!
Watching the game from the boards gives you a real sense of how quick and physical the game is even at junior level. I'm used to shooting soccer but hockey is even quicker, it took a while to get used to the speed and tactics and I have plenty to learn and more experience to gain.
Luckily the game against Oshawa provide plenty of action and goals, with two fights thrown in for good measure!
This week saw the launch of the Canadian Lung Association #breakstigma campaign, I was lucky enough to be able to shoot some portraits of patients who were involved in the project.
The campaign aim is to decrease the stigma around lung disease. According to a recent survey of 1500 Canadians, stigma plays a significant part in the physical and mental well-being of Canadians with lung disease. It's a great cause and one I was glad to be able to contribute to.
We shot the project on a cold winters day in downtown Ottawa. The patients we worked with were a great group, they didn't get down heartened despite the temperature and were always ready to jump in front of the camera and get the right shot. The aim was to show them in their typical environment and how they've have had a positive outcome!
Everything has come together nicely and you can see it all here https://www.lung.ca/stigma Have a look and please help out if you can!
Doug Ford was in the village of Manotick this weekend as he campaigned as leader of the PC Party ahead of the 2018 Ontario Election.
Ford goes into the the final few days of the election with a small lead in the polls ahead of Andrea Horwath's NDP Party, with the Liberals as distant third, as the parties battle to govern the province.
Thought I'd check out the March for Life in downtown Ottawa, there was a pro-choice counter protest there as well. There's a selection of shots from both sides of the march.
I went to shoot some pics at a protest in downtown Ottawa. It was Civil Service Union protest against the Phoenix Pay System which runs the payments for government workers.
The system has been causing problems for some time with some workers being under or even overpaid. Even overpayments are causing problems with peoples taxes, they also have to pay the money back.
The federal government announced it was looking to replacing the system in the near future. This doesn't solve the workers problems in the short term, hence the protest. Hopefully there will be a solution soon!
I had the chance to shoot at this years NDP Convention here in Ottawa. It was my first Canadian convention so it was fascinating to take a step back when I wasn't shooting and watch things unfold. The big set piece of the event was party leader Jagmeet Singh taking to the stage to give his speech on the Saturday afternoon.
It was Jagmeet's first convention as leader, so a great opportunity to see him in action and get some shots of him! He's a confident and charismatic speaker and there were plenty of great shooting options. Enjoy!
I dropped in on the Ice Dragon Boat Festival at Dow's lake this weekend, as part of my bid to experience Winterlude.
There was plenty of effort on display and it was good to see people enjoying it. Supposedly this is the worlds biggest competition.
The competitors all use spiked sticks to grip on the ice and it's surprising how fast some of them can go!
What a year!
2017 bought some big changes for me, none bigger than moving to Canada. It's been a great experience so I thought I would put up a blogpost with a mix of my 2017 work from Canada and the U.K. Enjoy!
First up is my photoshoot with Premier League footballer Rondon for FourFourTwo magazine
One of my Canadian shots from a fall cranberry harvest in Quebec.
Shots for corporate client Smiths Concrete in the UK.
The first autonomous car hits the roads in Canada.
Shot's of League Football Education's trials day for young players released from their clubs.
Kuehne + Nagel's exhibit at the Multimodal Trade show
First winter snowfall at Parliament Hill.
It's been a while since the last post, but setting up a new life takes a lot of time and unfortunately the blog has been neglected.
So here we are in Canada and it's been great to get out and about shooting some news events and meeting new photographers.
The first set I'm going to put up here is a public road test of Canada's first Autonomous car being developed by Blackberry.
It was only a brief run out for the vehicle (maybe a kilometre) but it handled it with ease (good job they have nice long straight roads over here) and the large crowd seemed totally unfazed despite being only a few feet away.
The car is due to be hitting the streets soon amongst real traffic and pedestrians so it will be interesting to see these cars out and about. I'm guessing the real test comes in deepest, darkest winter when all that snow arrives!
Matt Stewart Photos
I've been a photographer for quite a long time now. So hopefully I have something to say about it.