"Isolation", "STOP KILLING US", "God givin freedoms" "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” documents the Black Lives Matter protest on June 6th 2020, which drew an estimated 10,000 supporters to Victoria Park in London. This occurred as part of widespread civil unrest extending across North America. On July 3, 2020, the New York Times wrote “The recent Black Lives Matter protests peaked on June 6, when half a million people turned out in nearly 550 places across the United States. That was a single day in more than a month of protests that still continue today.”
“God givin freedoms” depicts 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.