May 20, 2020
This series of photographs were taken during my two month solo trip to Canada when I was twenty-four. They mark a time when I truly experienced freedom; to speak to whoever I wanted, either out of necessity, for travelling aid or genuine intrigue. These images were taken either with the consent of the subject or candidly depending on the scenario, but I can vividly recall how each one came about. I feel that they touch upon most stereotypes British people have of Canadians and simultaneously convey individuality. All photos were shot on whichever iPhone was new in July 2015. As I’m submitting to you during lockdown, I found it cathartic to look further back than I usually would and reminisce of the hardships and joys of having no commitments or plans, yet in a different county and in a completely different way from lockdown.
By Lydia McDonnell