2012 Richard Lautens' favourite photos
Richard Lautens - Staff Photographer - @rlautens
It's so hard to choose my favourite photos of the year. Favourite photos are not always the best photos but ones I feel a real connection with for a variety of reasons. I have my favourites of the bunch-do you?
After a major strike by mine workers, 46 people were killed in the ensuing clash between security, police and the workers. The father of a slain miner, Mxolisi Sompeta is seen in their small family home in the village of Kwadick in South Africa.
A woman walks through the small town of Hall Beach in Nunavut, in the foreground is a lament written on a handrail leading to one of only two stores in town. It reads, "No Good. I got no friends and I'm so bored!" The community of Hall Beach in Nunavut grew because of the DEW line station built here in 1957 and shares in many of the problems of the north including substance abuse and isolation.
The DEW line site at Cape Dyer along the eastern edge of Baffin Island was the largest of the stations and one of the remaining two to be cleaned up. The series of Distant Early Warning stations across Canada's arctic were built in the 1950s to warn of a Soviet threat.
Reminiscent of a scene from Indiana Jones, 5,000 boxes of contaminated soil wait at the former DEW line site at Cape Dyer to be shipped south. The clean up of all the sites costs tens of millions of dollars.
150 people came out to a rally that was held to support bus monitor and grandmother Karen Klein who was bullied by students on a bus in Greece, New York. The video of her being bullied went viral and $750,000 was raised on her behalf.
On the day of his losing court battle to keep his job, Mayor Rob Ford went out to coach his football team. With all the media scrutiny, you would think he might pay more attention to his clothing choice.
Toronto Maple Leaf GM, Brian Burke is seen watching practice in Vancouver. Originally I was to go fishing with him on Vancouver Island but we were socked in with weather and had to settle for a night at an Irish pub watching hockey on TV instead.
Mya Phillips, 2, sits patiently for an all too familiar echocardiogram at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.
The Phillips family has four children, each of whom as well as the father all have abnormalities with their Phox2b gene that can cause cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory system problems.
With the popularity of 'Fifty Shades of Grey', we found that by mid-July 4,931 women from Toronto had altered their profiles on the site seakingarrangements.com indicating they were looking for a Mr. Grey, in other words, a dominant/submissive relationship with BDSM. Trish is one of those women who agreed to come to our studio.
In February, Toronto Raptor star forward Andrea Bargnani had been off the court with leg injuries for a while. I had set up for the portrait in the players' lounge at the Air Canada Centre and he was supposed to show up wearing a fancy suit to give the photo a 'cotton club' kind of feel. He came in a sweat suit instead! It still worked though.
After 1 7/8 of a mile in the 7th race, Stolonboy (8) is neck and neck but beats Handy Harold (4 in behind). Woodine Racetrack held it's last thoroughbred race day of the seasonand faces an uncertain future.
A leg should not bend that way! Edmonton back up quarterback, Matt Nichols is seen with a leg injury with his left foot pointing the wrong direction during the CFL Eastern semi-final loss to the Argos.
See you next year.
Richard Lautens/Toronto Star
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