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"LOBSTERS"
(from a corpus of 46 photographs)

These photos were taken in the harbour of Saint-Godefroi (Québec, Canada) on May 7, 2020. In the heat of pandemic upheaval that gives no breathing space to all humanity, while the world’s major cities tremble with fear, Boston (Massachusetts, USA), the main buyer of Quebec lobster, loses as many, if not more, fragments of life as all of Canada. The price per pound, at landing, remains unknown.

At the wharf, preparations accelerate for the Gaspé lobster boats’ first trip out to sea, scheduled for the following day. It is palpable : the covidian death is lurking and setting its traps on an unpredictable trajectory, causing a kind of withdrawal into itself, as if to remain well focused on the work to be done.

Life is to be earned. Individual freedom as an abstract concept in a pandemic like COVID-19 makes no sense at all. It leads the fishermen to think of the community as a whole rather than just as individuals.

But that’s without counting the storm. The wind does what it wants. It causes the waves to rise and the boats to waltz. Access to the sea is like access to the wharf : you need a pass.

So there’s no fresh lobsters on the kitchen tables on Mother’s Day.

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