DOCUMENTARY

“I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I've never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.” – Bruce Gilden

Anti Immigration Rally

One year later after I shot the same rally in Calgary City Hall, I returned.  So did many of the same players, Sons of Odin, Street Church, Raging Grannies, Antifa.  Those opposing Street Church and Sons of Odin, the "counter protesters" came in greater numbers this time, with more signs, a stronger voice and First Nations along with them. The result was a more powerful voice against those who oppose diversity.

 Counter protesters began speeches drowning out the main protest going on behind them.  First Nations bands together with others to make their voice heard.

Counter protesters began speeches drowning out the main protest going on behind them.  First Nations bands together with others to make their voice heard.

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 Sons of Odin arrive at City Hall to protest the laws and the government in their stance against immigration.

Sons of Odin arrive at City Hall to protest the laws and the government in their stance against immigration.

 Some counter protesters brought a different energy.

Some counter protesters brought a different energy.

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 Despite the best efforts of CPS there were still some heated exchanges.

Despite the best efforts of CPS there were still some heated exchanges.

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 Calgary Raging Grannies.

Calgary Raging Grannies.

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 Counter protesters stand by traffic and the entrance of city hall ensuring their message is loud and clear.

Counter protesters stand by traffic and the entrance of city hall ensuring their message is loud and clear.

Anti Muslim Rally

June 2017

On June 3rd a group called WCAI rallied at city hall under the banner of a protest against the current Trudea government but several signs indicated it was a protest against muslims and entrance by refugees.  The rally was met with a strong opposition from pro refugee groups (the protesters).  Shot with a Fujifilm X-T2 and a Fujifilm 23mm f2 lens (35mm equivalent).

 WCAI members (also members of Soldiers of Odin) line the front of Calgary City Hall while speakers emerge from behind.

WCAI members (also members of Soldiers of Odin) line the front of Calgary City Hall while speakers emerge from behind.

 CPS stand between protesters and WCAI members.

CPS stand between protesters and WCAI members.

 Protester blares music with a speaker while bumping chests with a rally member.

Protester blares music with a speaker while bumping chests with a rally member.

 Protesters organized and stood opposite near the street.

Protesters organized and stood opposite near the street.

 Some heated exchanges between the two sides.

Some heated exchanges between the two sides.

 WCAI members speaking to reporters.

WCAI members speaking to reporters.

 High emotions during another confrontation.

High emotions during another confrontation.