Yi Zhao tells a story of Occupy Toronto in photos
Third-year student Yi Zhao was walking on King Street in October when he came across the Occupy Toronto protest. To Zhao, the woman in the photo (whose name he never learned) seemed to embody the words of the political poem by Percy Blythe Shelley that she had quoted: “Stand ye calm and resolute, like a forest, close and mute…” Zhao noted that while everyone around the woman was shouting, she seemed quiet and at peace. “She used her own special way to protest,” say Zhao, who took the photo in color and then converted it to black and white.
Zhao is studying physics at Innis College, but would like to switch to architecture — an influence of his father, who is an architect and professional photographer. Zhao prefers documentary photography, and believes that photos are an important way of telling the story of the present for future generations.