How I Got the Photo – Mark Blinch

2016 NPOY GENERAL NEWS, Finalist – A shirtless demonstrator is detained by police while protesting the “not guilty” verdict that an Ontario judge gave former Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi on four sexual assault charges and one count of choking, in Toronto, March 24, 2016. (Mark Blinch / Reuters)

Covering the Jian Ghomeshi trial in Toronto was always difficult. That particular day was supposed to be the final verdict on his sexual assault trial. Many camera operators, photographers and journalists were preparing for a major scrum.

The Toronto courthouse had two doors from where Ghomeshi could enter or exit. If you were at the wrong side, you would miss him. I was working alone that day, so I had to make an educated guess as to which door Ghomeshi would use. I had already picked the wrong location on the way in.

The judge gave the verdict that Ghomeshi was not guilty of charges. As luck would have it, I picked the wrong door for his exit. However there were many demonstrators and when the not guilty verdict was announced, this picture happened.

As I saw the protester, a picture made by a Reuters photographer in London during the 2012 Olympics flashed through my mind. So I basically took inspiration from that photograph, put the wide angle lens level with the ground, hit the shutter button without looking through the viewfinder and prayed something would turn out.


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