Tara Walton - Staff Photographer
There are a lot of great things about being a news photographer, but by far one of my favourites is watching others interact with the photos published in the Star. I find myself doing this at cafes and restaurants, while on the TTC or the train, in Toronto and anywhere else the newspaper is delivered. Just a few days ago I was filing an assignment from a coffee shop in Richmond Hill. I noticed a woman to my left flipping though the paper. Ten minutes later she erupted in laughter. The couple sitting at the table across from her looked up from their laptops as she flipped the paper around and pointed out a photo on the front of the Business section. "This is great! It's the Finance Minister with his dog. Look at what the dog is doing to the poor photographer! It's just great!"
The other couple smiled, and so did I.
The photo was the work of my colleague, Vince Talotta. He had photographed Ontario Minister of Finance Dwight Duncan walking his dog through Queen's Park the morning he was to deliver the Ontario budget. The dog, as it shows in the photo, was not too happy with Vinny.
I'm always amazed at how such simple moments can inspire and change the mood of others. It was nice to see someone smile and pass that moment on to two complete strangers. Nice photo Vinny!