This is one of two shots I never posted last Fall, probably because last Fall I had sort of fallen asleep with respect to photography and art in general. It happens, and I'm not a fan.
A new friend of mine, who I met at the recent 12x12yvr photo marathon, recently commented about how necessary it has been to crop tight on assignments, that otherwise your photos just wouldn't cut it for the client. I thought about that - it's too bad. I'm pretty sure the bottom half of this photo is "unnecessary," and that you could critique the orientation, but in the end, that long white space serves to amplify the sense of height of the kid in the shot, an effect which creates a few poetics that are very germane to the event itself (scale, significance, importance, bridges, etc.). Loose poetics, sure, but by keeping the portrait orientation, the poetics are rendered far more present (in my opinion), whether they come forth consciously or not.
The event was the 350.org march which occurred on October 24th, a couple of months before an important summit, one where nation heads were to agree about targets for acceptable carbon in the atmosphere. New science had shown that any target higher than 350 parts per million wasn't going to solve anything. This march was a show of support, synced all across the world - a large banner was unfurled from the Cambie St. Bridge (that's the big white drape you see in the shot).
I was excited - by fluke, I happen to be standing right at one of the ties to the banner when an organizer came by and said "we're going to be unrolling it in five minutes - this is how you do it: be ready." It was nice to be a part of it (primarily the reason I went, actually - not to shoot photos).