On the Campaign Trail

 

In the recent YEG civic election I threw as much of my visual weight behind Don Iveson’s campaign as possible. Although I approached the shots from a photojournalist perspective, my goals were anything but impartial — I wanted to see Don succeed in his bid to lead Edmonton over the next four years.

 

Along with photographer Tom Young (http://spacing NULL.ca/edmonton/2013/10/25/edmonton-don-ivesons-mayoral-campaign/), I documented the Iveson campaign over an intensive 3-month period (August – October 2013). The following photos come from 28 stops along the campaign trail engaging with Edmontonians both young and old, across a range of ethnicities and socio-economic stratums: from Heritage Days to coffee shops and doorsteps through to mayoral forums, community gardens and election night.

 

Much has been made of the cadre of amazing volunteers and politically astute campaign team, tactics and technology that facilitated Don’s bid for mayor. Engagement was the name of the game. But the results on election night speak not only to an extremely well-organized, well-run, positive campaign, but to all of us as Edmontontians. The stage has been set, and I’m curious and hopeful of where we will go. In the same way that these photos speak to Don’s successful campaign bid, over the coming years I’m looking forward to documenting how this city grows, engages and moves.

 

It’s not just about benefitting the top 10% and maintaining the status quo, it’s about building positive, engaged communities that talk and listen to one another — whether these be communities of neighbours living next to one another, or those of business, industry, education, health and technology that drive our economy. It’s about honouring consensus and pluralism; truly core Canadian values that have both given, and in return, will give us, an ability to adapt to the challenges that lay ahead. It’s about demonstrating and championing these values to the world, and this will take all of us, trying to build something, together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracy & Rob’s Wedding

 

Tracy & Rob met at Edmonton’s Panther Gym (http://www NULL.panthergym NULL.com). The rest is history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Green Fields

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lilia’s First…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whyte Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Year

 

Photos from the 2013 New Year welcomed in in Canmore, AB.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercury Opera

 

Photos from OMNI Televison’s (http://omnitv NULL.ca/) documentary premiere of Mercury Opera’s (http://mercuryopera NULL.com/) 104 Underground (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=jnqv_EbBGzE). Hosted at the Stanley A. Milner Library (http://www NULL.epl NULL.ca/about-epl/branches-and-hours/stanley-a-milner-library) Theatre and Latitude 53 (http://www NULL.latitude53 NULL.org/).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swing n’ Skate

 

Photos from the Edmonton Arts Council (http://edmontonarts NULL.ca/) Sunday Swing n’ Skate (http://edmontonarts NULL.ca/eac_projects/eac_projects_churchillsquare/) with the River City Big Band (http://rivercitybigband NULL.com) at City Hall (http://edmonton NULL.ca/attractions_recreation/attractions/city-hall NULL.aspx).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEG Winter

 

Winter skating at Edmonton’s Victoria Park Oval (http://www NULL.edmonton NULL.ca/attractions_recreation/parks_rivervalley/victoria-park-oval NULL.aspx).