Our Pictures of the Year - 2015

Inspired by some of our friends and colleagues, I asked the Boreal members to send me some of their best pictures from 2015. I’ve put together a portfolio of all of our work to share some of the breadth and beauty of work that we made last year.

We were working far, wide and also close to home. These are some of our favorite pictures of our 2015, as we experienced it.

Happy New Year, we’re eager to see what 2016 brings.

- Matt Lutton

A La Quebrada Cliff Diver jumps during a show in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, March 30, 2015. The group has been performing daily shows for the public since 1934, diving from a height of 115 feet into the ocean below. Brett Gundlock/ Boreal Collective for Mashable 

Fire Breather from Quebec at the top of the Stawamus Chief, a mountain nearby Squamish in BC which attracts characters from all over to the self-declared “outdoor recreation capital of Canada”. Squamish, British Columbia. February 2015. Laurence Butet-Roch / Boreal Collective

Residents of The Jungle, an infamous refugee camp in Calais, France, clashed with French riot police on October 7 after a group tried to storm a highway overpass adjacent to the camp. Conditions in The Jungle are horrific, with poor sanitation, no running water, and poor drainage. The population has reportedly swelled to 6,000, with refugees coming primarily from East Africa and the Middle East. Daniella Zalcman / Boreal Collective 

Lennox Island “is a tough place to be. It’s a beautiful place to be. I love all the seasons, even the winter when the bay freezes solid,” says community property manager Dave Haley. “We’ve had as much as 18 feet of ice out here. Lately, though, the bay hasn’t frozen and that means more storms, more erosion because the water is pushing the ice up against the shore. A lot of the elders talk about how it was, and it’s not like that anymore.” Johan Hallberg-Campbell / Boreal Collective for National Geographic 

Cottonwood standing tall across the Lanxess polymer plant. In the midst of Chemical Valley, Aamjiwnaang and its 12 square kilometers of forest and bushes are vital green lungs. The tree is a symbol of the community’s resilience, a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration. Aamjiwnaang, Ontario. November 2015 Laurence Butet-Roch / Boreal Collective

A dancer for the National Ballet of Canada is seen backstage during a performance of the Nutcracker. Aaron Vincent Elkaim / Boreal Collective

Alejandra at the start of her Quinceañera in the village of Yokdzonot in Yucatan, Mexico. October 2015. Matt Lutton / Boreal Collective for Mashable 

Muslim Londoners convened from around the city to celebrate Eid in Southward on July 17, 2015. Daniella Zalcman / Boreal Collective

A family arrives to a new 8-month-old flea market in Summer Ave on August 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee. The market sells mostly Latino products, vegetables, clothing etc. Mauricio Palos / Boreal Collective

A woman walks her dog during a quiet morning on August 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mauricio Palos / Boreal Collective

Maude, 4 months old, Yukon Territory, May 30, 2015. Rafal Gerszak / Boreal Collective 

A checking point entering the Unist’ot’en Territory and camp in northern British Columbia, September 8, 2015. Rafal Gerszak / Boreal Collective 

A Canoe trip in Canada’s Wabakimi Provincial Park. Aaron Vincent Elkaim / Boreal Collective

Deer season in British Columbia. Jonathan Taggart / Boreal Collective 

Deer season in British Columbia. Jonathan Taggart / Boreal Collective 

Butterfly Hunter, Okinawa. Eamon Mac Mahon / Boreal Collective 

Darth Vader, Pemberton, British Columbia. Eamon Mac Mahon / Boreal Collective

A robotic bird sits on a platform that is equipped with a strobe light, loudspeaker and a propane canon, at a Syncrude oil sands site, August 12th, 2015. Various types of scarecrows are used to deter migratory birds from landing in tailings ponds. Numerous cases of large numbers of birds dying in the ponds have been reported in recent years. Ian Willms / Boreal Collective 

Gilbert Sark is a drum maker, artist, and tour guide on Lennox Island. “I’ve lived here basically all of my life and I’ve seen a lot of changes growing up,” he says. “Even our fishery is changing. The mackerel down at the wharf don’t come around any more. You don’t get a feed anymore. They’re out of our diet.” Johan Hallberg-Campbell / Boreal Collective for National Geographic

Malachi (centre) and his friends play ball hockey in Little Buffalo, May 13th, 2015. Since 2011, Little Buffalo has experienced three nearby industry pipeline ruptures, spilling 7.1 million litres of oil and petroleum product. Local residents claim that industrial pollution is causing elevated instances of cancer, birth defects and other health problems within their community. Ian Willms / Boreal Collective 

Fishing from a jetty on the beach in Durres, Albania. May 2015. Matt Lutton / Boreal Collective

Allison visits the body of her dead husband, who died from complications with pneumonia and overdose. They had only been in Williston, North Dakota for three days when he died. Annie Flanagan / Boreal Collective

A man and a women (names withheld) touch the statue of Jesús Malverde, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. Brett Gundlock / Boreal Collective for The New York Times

Monet early morning at The John. New Orleans, 2015 After a series of sleepless nights we found ourselves at The John at dawn. We had walked forever for drinks we didn’t need. I wish I could remember what she was playing on the juke box. I remember Gabe passing out and falling backwards off of the stool while Kip and I endlessly confessed our love for each other. I remember the light pouring in and the beauty of all of everything I love about Monet. Annie Flanagan / Boreal Collective

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