The Cancer Relay for Life is an annual charity relay that takes place across the country every July. The event is simple; get a group together, get pledges then walk around a track for 12 hours. But, it's not just any track. The track is lined with "luminaries".....bags filled with a candle to honour a cancer survivor or show remembrance of someone who lost the battle.
I was fortuneate enough to capture the day held at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay. As you can see, there is lot of work in preparation. The event itself is quite emotional. At points I couldn't hold back the tears while watching/filming people light their candle, photograph their luminary or just stand by track and reflect. My mother is a survivor, and a close friend of ours was taken quickly back in 2006.
I was quite taken back by the writings on the concrete made by some of the children in attendance. One wrote "We miss Grandma", while another wrote "Save people with Cancer". Later in the evening I was able to ride up top of the Fire Department's truck ladder. The shots were a bit shaky but the view was spectacular.
On the technical side, I used a Canon 7d with Carl Zeiss 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and a Nikon 70-200mm. All shots on the monopod and Cinevate Atlas30 slider (where would I be without it!). Edited on Premeire CS5, Colour by Color Finesse 2 in After Effects. I also used the GoPro for the mobile shots. Enjoy!
Music: Sarah McLaughlan - Angel itunes.apple.com/ca/album/karaoke-angel/id424711054?i=424711062&uo=4