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Demonstrators hold up their cellphones in a display of solidarity during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (Photo by Justin Chin)

Demonstrators hold up their cellphones in a display of solidarity during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (Photo by Justin Chin)

Occupy Central

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Demonstrators gather near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days. Photos by Justin Chin

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Police use pepper spray in an attempt to disperse pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

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Police use pepper spray in an attempt to disperse pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

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Riot policemen rush to a pro-democracy protest near central government offices in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. 

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Police use pepper spray in an attempt to disperse pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

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A protester puts his hands up in front of riot policemen near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. 

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Police fire tear gas at demonstrators during a pro-democracy protest near central government offices in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. 

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A demonstrator is being confronted by riot policemen during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. 

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Demonstrators disperse as tear gas is fired by police during a pro-democracy protest near central government offices in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. 

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Pro-democracy protesters wear rudimentary protection to protect themselves from tear gas during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

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Demonstrators put up their hands in front of riot policemen during a protest near central government offices during a protest near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. 

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Riot policemen stand on guard during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

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Demonstrators gather near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. 

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Demonstrators disperse as tear gas is fired by police during a pro-democracy protest near central government offices in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

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Demonstrators gather near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. 

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A protester pours water over a tear gas canister during a pro-democracy protest near central government offices in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. 

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Police fire tear gas at demonstrators during a pro-democracy protest near central government offices in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

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A demonstrator offers a flower to riot policemen during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. 

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Police fire tear gas at demonstrators during a pro-democracy protest near central government offices in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. 

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Demonstrators disperse as tear gas is fired by police during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. 

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Police fire tear gas at demonstrators during a pro-democracy protest near central government offices in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. 

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A pro-democracy protester tries to protect himself as he walks through tear gas fired by police during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

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Police fire tear gas at demonstrators during a pro-democracy protest near central government offices in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

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Demonstrators attempts to recover themselves after riot policemen fired tear gas during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

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Demonstrators put their hands up during a protest near central government offices during a protest near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

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Demonstrators sleep on the street near outside government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. 

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Demonstrators rest in front of the HSBC building, right, near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. 

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A journalist takes a rest as protesters block the main street near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. 

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Demonstrators gather near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. 

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A demonstrator rests after being dispersed by tear gas fired by the police during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

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 Demonstrators gather near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. 

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Demonstrators gather near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. 

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Demonstrators gather near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. 

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Demonstrators rest near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

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Barricades are set up near the central government offices in the business district of Central in Hong Kong, China on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. 

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An office worker walks through closed off streets near the central government offices in the business district of Central in Hong Kong, China on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

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A demonstrator walks on fortified barricades near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

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A demonstrator rests near central government offices during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, China on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. 

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Meet Sebastian. He is 5. He has a whole lot of energy and a whole lot of curiosity. He wants to learn everything he can and he is at his age where he just asks questions all the time.

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This is Sebastian’s brother, Ignatius, or we call him “Iggy”. He is 3 and he does everything his brother does, without a full understanding of why Sebastian acts the way he does.

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These are my nephews. I spent a day with them to do some family portraits, like these ones:

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But i rather document other moments of their lives. and here it is:

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Obviously, you can tell I have a bias towards who I like more. ;)

That’s it for now.

I had an opportunity to visit a magazine printing facility today and check out their production line. It was very cool. There are a lot of efforts and steps behind the scenes to create these products so they would look and feel good on newsstands, whether is its colour, weight, bounding methods, etc.

I am not sure of the future of these printed magazines as we migrate to the digital version on the Pad or web, but would you prefer a physical copy? Or the iPad version?

Employees of St. Joseph Communications work on the production line at the company’s printing facility in Concord, Ontario on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Several Canadian magazines prints at this St. Joseph Communications facility, such as Toronto Life, FASHION and Sharp Magazine.

Photos by Justin Chin

People on their phones. Burlington, Ont.

People on their phones. Burlington, Ont.

Canadian author Margaret Atwood during a video interview with Maclean’s Magazine at Random House of Canada in Toronto, Ontario on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
Photo by Justin Chin (shot with an iPhone)

Canadian author Margaret Atwood during a video interview with Maclean’s Magazine at Random House of Canada in Toronto, Ontario on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Photo by Justin Chin (shot with an iPhone)

On board HMCS Regina

The legendary Peter Bregg got exclusive access on board the HMCS Regina for 18 days while they were on a mission and we made a little video about his experience on board. It’s a pleasure working with him on this piece.

Read more about it here.

Edited by Justin Chin for Maclean’s Magazine

My job often requires me to edit raw footages from other shooters, in this case someone’s YouTube footage, and find a story and make it look nice.

This video request came to me fairly late in the day and had to go on the website as soon as we could. I edited the piece fairly quickly with footages from YouTube and while trying to contact the owner for permission to use the footage. The shooter was affected by the tornado and we were unable to reach him. We thought of giving up and use other footages despite all the hard work and time put into this. Just when we were going to do another complete different video on the tornado story, the shooter called.

Edited by Justin Chin for Maclean’s Magazine

I shot a piece for Canadian Business and we took a look at the process on how Sweets of the Earth, a company which ranked in the PROFIT 500 list, create a cupcake in their factory.

The piece ran on their iPad edition.

Videography and editing by Justin Chin/Canadian Business

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I photographed Kathleen Wynne a few days after she won the provincial elections when she spoke to Maclean’s Magazine.

You underestimate Kathleen Wynne at your peril. Since taking over as Ontario premier from Dalton McGuinty 16 months ago, she has rejuvenated a scandal-ridden Liberal government by making big promises and tacking hard to the left. On June 12, voters rewarded her activist vision with a majority that few pundits or pollsters saw coming. She spoke with Maclean’s about what lies ahead for the country’s biggest province.

"I never took anything for granted," Wynne said.

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Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, speaks to Maclean’s Magazine during an interview with Jonathon Gatehouse in Toronto, Ont. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. 

Photo by Justin Chin for Maclean’s Magazine

A skyline of Etobicoke and Mississauga is seen from the CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario, June 8, 2014. 
Photo by Justin Chin

A skyline of Etobicoke and Mississauga is seen from the CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario, June 8, 2014. 

Photo by Justin Chin

Remembering D-Day, 70 years later

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I did a multimedia piece for Maclean’s on the 70th anniversary of D-Day and interviewed these two war veterans who landed on the beach on June 6th, 70 years ago. It was a pleasure listening to their stories. You can see the video here:

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http://www.macleans.ca/multimedia/video/video-remembering-d-day-70-years-later/

TOP: ETOBICOKE, Ont. (30/05/2014) — Dr. Ross Edgar Baker, 93, poses for a portrait after an interview about his experience as a Lance-Bombardier of the Royal Canadian Artillery during D-Day and World War Two with Maclean’s Magazine in Etobicoke, Ont. on Friday, May 30, 2014. D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary of the launch of ‘Operation Overlord’, a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany.

BOTTOM: ETOBICOKE, Ont. (30/05/2014) — Cyril Roach, 89, poses for a portrait after an interview about his experience as an engineer officer of the British Royal Navy during D-Day and World War Two with Maclean’s Magazine in Etobicoke, Ont. on Friday, May 30, 2014. D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary of the launch of ‘Operation Overlord’, a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany.

Photos by Justin Chin

People participate in the Jack Ride 2014 in Caledon, Ontario on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Around 500 cyclists of all backgrounds and experience levels ride along different routes of 50, 100 and 125 kilometres to fund raise for youth mental health hosted by the Jack Project.  

(Photos by Justin Chin for the Jack Project)

National Day of Honour, a one-time event commemorating Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, in Ottawa on Friday, May 9, 2014.

See full gallery on Maclean’s here

(Photographs by Justin Chin for Maclean’s Magazine)

A student studies in a room at the Gates and Hillman Centre of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
Photo by Justin Chin

A student studies in a room at the Gates and Hillman Centre of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Photo by Justin Chin