Richard Lautens/Staff Photographer
The lives of photojournalists revolve around covering stories. Most of the stories however tend to be quick hits. Typically we will shoot 3 assignments a day for the paper. We get a kernal of a story, figure out how to visually tell that story and then move on to the next. Occasionally we will work on a long feature but mostly it is a quick hit.
One quick hit story for me was the G20 summit-you probably remember it from last June, it was in all the news.
On the first big day of protest, I shot a photo that became a bit of a representative picture of the whole police reaction as well as the problem of the police removing their nametags. It was a picture of the police wading into some sit-down protesters kicking a couple of them in the head. Immediately after I took the picture I was whacked a couple of times with a night-stick and was knocked over so I wasn't able to get the names or updates of those who were kicked.
Fast forward to this past weekend. Finally the man in the image being kicked contacted the Star as we kept running the image. I was able to meet up with him and his partner and swap stories for a while. For such a big event it was a great bit of closure.
I couldn't help but feel a kindred spirit and editorialized a bit as I shot some sympathetic looking portraits of the two of them. It was good to know they had no ill effects from the event.