About 18 months ago, I got a call from The Canadian Press to go shoot a provincial by-election in Sudbury, Ontario.
With due respect to those running, photographing a candidate on election night isn’t the most exciting subject matter. And even when you capture a great image such as a jubilant expression in victory or an expression of disappointment in a defeat rarely do those images get published more than just the next 24 hour news cycle — unless the candidate and their party become embroiled in a bribery scandal. And that’s exactly what happened.
I tend to keep an informal record of which images get published online and in print. I like to know how far my photos travel in the news world. The by-election was already fairly contentious prior to voting day so I knew there would probably be more interest by the national media than usual. The photos were published from British Columbia to Newfoundland, not only in large dailies but many local weekly papers as well.
I was pretty happy to see how widely the photos were used. Within a few days the photos stopped appearing. But the story of the election was far from over. With each break in the story, the photos keep popping up. It’s been almost two years since the by-election and the story is once again making news which means the photos are running again. I’ve long ago lost count but I still get a kick out of seeing a two year old photo on front pages of today’s newspapers. Here are a few of the photos from that evening. Do any of them look familiar?
(All photos (c) Thomas Duncan/The Canadian Press)