When I found out that I had received the Tom Hanson Award I was immediately elated, but also intimidated. I wasn’t nervous about working for The Canadian Press, it was that I was about to work in honour of a great man and outstanding photographer and I knew that I didn’t want to let him down. I also didn’t want to disappoint his wife Catherine Hanson, an amazing person I had the pleasure of meeting at the Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards, who told me she would be looking out for my pictures.
My first week on the job I was shooting the Rogers Cup. I have always been a tennis fan, so to actually be courtside for Serena Williams was incredible. It didn’t take me long to realize that if you’re watching the match you’re missing the pictures. Tennis is a challenging sport with huge potential, but you need to be totally focused and read each player independently, they each have their own unique angle and moment. CP staff photographer Nathan Denette gave me the confidence to try something different out there; he pushed me to take risks, use my eye and find the images that spoke to me.
After that initial high things slowed down a bit. This was a lesson in working for the Wire, the beast was hungry and needed to be fed. The Stock Market had tumbled, for an entire day all I shot were TSX images. I had the challenge of making multiple images of a visually uninteresting subject while trying to keep it fresh.