It’s been a year where life unravelled before our eyes. From the start, the calamities of the world seemed to touch everyone at once. A passenger jet shot down over Iran sends friends and family reeling in Coquitlam; an unnamed virus in a little known Chinese city triggers a global pandemic, sending most of the humans on the planet into lockdown.
By summer, the death of another black man at the hands of police sparks worldwide protest, marking an inflexion point in the long march toward racial justice; and a series of extraordinary wildfires blankets millions in the ashes of entire ecosystems.
What can we take away from such profound changes? Who do we turn to when life as we know it is upended? And how do we respond when we’re asked to step up and meet a moment not seen in generations?
The photographs in this collection capture how three cities — Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody — coped with those questions over a turbulent 12 months.