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Photography and Protest: From Black Lives Matter to G20

Black Lives Matter – Whether you agree or disagree with the movement, its reach has been both impactful and ubiquitous. As Canadians, it’s tough to watch our American neighbors stumble through this and, at the same time, very easy for us to shake our collective heads in disappointment (smh). To say that race, religion and gun control are contentious issues in America would be a massive understatement and any attempt to understand what's going on will require a little history lesson.    

With that said, I am not here to push my political opinion, so I digress. I am here to talk about the role photography plays in social and political unrest – specifically capturing protests.

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Street photography and the "perfectly timed" shot

Who remembers that Noreaga pigeon skit from Melvin Flynt Da Hustler? Yes, a 90’s hip hop reference (get used to it). Nore explains, “Pigeons would be thugs” if they were human and I would probably have to agree,

For some reason, I’ve always liked to photograph pigeons. Love them or hate them, the streets of Toronto just wouldn’t be the same without these stout-bodied birds. They are bold and brazen, and if you find a big enough flock you can get some very cool urban shots. 

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