The Toronto International Film Festival is always total chaos for photographers. I think you have to possess some sort of “rush” from operating in chaos to be able to successfully document a film festival. I love it… and think it’s actually interesting to depict in photos. Of course, being on “the line” I had to make sure I got the posed shots of the talent, but to me these “journalistic,” “artsy fartsy,” or whatever you wanna call them types of photos are way more fun to make. I think that’s one of the most valuable lessons I took away from studying Chris’s posts from back when I didn’t even own a camera: always shoot things as if you were just observing them for yourself. When things become “work” your mind tends to want to shoot a certain way… and I guess that’s why most photographers are after a similar “look” to their photos. It was cool when this lingo that I used to only read about began making sense when I started shooting and experiencing it. I think my favorite part of this shot is the umbrella above Mr. Cage’s head. And this was, by far, my favorite TIFF to shoot thus far… for many reasons. It was only my third time doing it, but at 22, I have many more ahead of me.
Nikon D700 + Nikon 24mm f/1.4