December was defiantly a busy month and I did not get around to making any posts, but one of the great moments that happened in December was the Olympic Torch Run, that went by the Studio on December 20, 2010.
It was a Sunday morning and the air was cool and crisp but, it was starting out to be a great day. The torch was going to be going by the Studio at 8:55AM in the morning and I did not want to miss it for anything. The night before I remember thinking that I have a great opportunity to see a little bit of history. I made sure my batteries where charged for the next day and I put my ladder in the studio ready to put in the parking lot the next day. I was thinking that I would have plenty of room to pick my spot in our large parking lot right next to the road. As I hurried to let my children know that the torch was coming soon and they should both be getting out of bed, I got the typical response, it was to early in the morning, come back later. After some urging on my part they both got up and we went to the Studio.
To my surprise at 7:30am my lot was already starting to fill up with cars full of people wanting to see the same thing we had come for. I put my ladder out and picked my spot and then went back into the Studio to have a warm tea. We invited some of the people into the studio to get out of the cold but they did not want to take a chance and miss the torch and decided to wait by the road. As it became closer to the time the extra people and vehicles started to arrive ahead of the runners. At this point I realized that life would not get any better that day as I looked across the street to the telephone pole and realized that they had placed one of the orange markers on this poll to show where the exchange would take place. They would actually be doing the lighting off the torch from one runner to another right in front of the Studio. My ladder was in place, now I just had to wait. You could feel the excitement in the air as a torch bearer jumped out of the van and started to talk to the people waiting. She was waiting her turn to make history by being one of the torch bearers. I don't think this lady stopped smiling the hole time see was waiting and talking to the crowd. Before you knew it people were standing in line waiting for their chance to stand with the torch and have a memory of a life time. Everyone from young children in their parents arms, to elderly couples wanted to be next to the torch. The street was a buzz with excitement, the announcement was made that the torch would be arriving shortly and the exchange would take place.As I was perched atop my ladder I could see the runner with his torch alight coming down the road and the people were cheering and the excitement was growing. It was a great feeling to see this person dressed in their white suit, head to toe and the smile on his face. He was defiantly enjoying the moment.
I started to take photos of the moment happening right in front of my Studio and the camera was just clicking away. I did not want to miss one moment of this great day. The runner was approaching closer and closer and I was zooming in closer to fill the frame when at one moment as I looked through the lens and the run looked up at me on the ladder, our eyes met and I was not sure which was brighter the flame or the smile on this gentleman's face. I had captured the shoot that I thought said it all, an everyday Canadian citizen participating in history for the Olympics. I was not running with the torch but, I felt just as proud to be Canadian this day and see a little bit of history go by the Studio. Before I knew it the two runners put their torches together and the second flame came to life right in front of my eyes. Then the next runner headed down the road to repeat again what we had just seen, onto another part of its trip across the country.