“Isolation”, "STOP KILLING US, Black Lives Matter Demonstration, London, ON", “God givin freedoms, Freedom March, Aylmer, ON”, “DANGER DUE TO AMERICA”
For photographer Paul Lambert, the circumstances of the past year has proved challenging for his creative output, perhaps in hindrance to the turmoil of 2020. Inspired by the social commentary behind the subjects of his photographs, Lambert turned his focus towards the dialogue of chaos, protest and isolation intertwined within the events of this past year.
“STOP KILLING US” is a powerful photo from the Black Lives Matter London ON protest on June 6th 2020, which drew and estimated 10,000 supporters in support of racial justice. This protest is part of widespread civil unrest throughout North America.
Standing in jarring contrast, the piece “God givin freedoms” presents members of the Church of God participating in unsanctioned anti-mask protests in Aylmer, ON. Aylmer Mayor, Mary French, had received threats after declaring a state of emergency over fears that a so-called Freedom March by those opposing COVID-19 safety measures could attract counter demonstrations.