Tuesday, September 29, 2015

United Way Plane Pull YYC 2015

This is from a few weekends ago, at the Plane Pull event in Calgary, where teams of 15 competed at pulling a 200,000 lb Airbus across 15m of tarmac, to raise money and awareness for United Way's various charitable initiatives. I know some folks question the role of United Way as a 'middleman' in the overall scheme of donations, but that's a very simplistic view of what they do, and the impact they have on our local community's social landscape. I'm not going to get into it here because most of you know how soapbox ranty I get when it comes to criticism of those trying to help the less fortunate, but I will say this: these photos of people dragging a plane 50 feet perfectly reflect the strength en masse that we can achieve when we work together to tackle seemingly insurmountable problems such as poverty and homelessness. Regardless of your stance towards United Way, my point is that the only thing stopping us from generating the momentum needed to fix our numerous social problems, is not making an effort at all.

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Colour photo taken with the Fuji X100s. B&W photos shot with the Rolleiflex 2.8E on Kodak Tri-X 400 film.

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