I attended the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest and march in Brighton on Saturday 13th June 2020.
Covid-19 social distancing measures were still in place at this time and I pondered wether it was wise to attend. However, having checked the BLM Brighton social media feeds the day before, I felt it would be ok to go.
The organisers were keen to stress that 2 metres social distancing should be observed and that protective face masks were to be worn.
Of course, all this was based on an anticipated turnout of 1000 people, which turned into an estimated attendance of between 10,000 and 15,000 people on the day!
Brighton does Protests well!
I’ll say one thing though, Brightonians certainly know how to “do” protests. There was a very peaceful and moving vibe on the day, with no arrests or trouble. Well done Brighton!
Documenting the Protest March
I have never photographed a public protest before, mostly due to other commitments and diary clashes. But as a street and documentary photographer I felt it was important to attend and photograph this Black Lives Matter protest and march.
After all, it was a “moment” in history and I think my images document this moment quite well.