As thousands of protesters gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery to take part in the first day of Occupy Vancouver on Saturday, October 15, I made my rounds snapping photos and documenting the unfolding demonstrations.
(To see the full gallery of 55 photos with captions click on any one of the photos OR scroll through the Flickr slideshow below for quick viewing)
Considering the ever-expanding global Occupy movement was instigated by an article published by the anti-consumerist magazine Adbusters based in Vancouver, I had a feeling the turnout on the first day for Occupy Vancouver was going to be pretty good.
By the time I arrived around 1 p.m. the lawns of the Vancouver Art Gallery were already filled with thousands of protesters, tents, info booths and an impromptu stage equipped with a speaker system. I had to scramble to get my camera out and start shooting as hundreds of the protesters just began marching down Howe Street protesting a variety of topics from corporate greed to genetically modified foods.
Action was unfolding all around, which makes it difficult to figure out what you should be focusing on. The experience I gained shooting the Vancouver hockey riots and several other marches helped in this situation as I remained calm and found my way to the front of the march where I could pick off the most interesting protesters with their signs and costumes.
I tried to capture the emotion of the protesters by looking for unusual facial expressions or dramatic gestures. Another photographer, Mark Feenstra took this concept up a notch with his series of portraits of those who took part in Occupy Vancouver.
Here is a list of other great photo galleries of Occupy Vancouver and other Occupy movements around the world:
- Canadian Press photographer Geoff Howe’s photos of Occupy Vancouver
- The Georgia Straight’s photos of Occupy Vancouver
- National Post’s collection of photos from the Occupy movements around Canada
- The Atlantic’s amazing collection of photos of the Occupy movements around the world