MA in Intercultural and International Communication student Jonathan Taggart and his Boreal photography collective were recently featured in Wired magazine.
Wired named Boreal one of seven budding collectives you need to know.
Excerpt from the story: All Boreal members are Canadian; they wanted to reference that fact without mentioning the maple leaf. "We are not dedicated solely to projects revolving around the environment, but the Boreal Forest covers 60% of Canada and symbolically represents a beautiful, mysterious part of the world we live in," says founding member, Brett Gundlock.
"We fight evil," says Gundlock when asked to describe Boreal in one sentence.
Boreal members teamed up after noting the small size of the Canadian photography community. "We were basically the only people at our age, level and style working in Canada," says Gundlock.
"I signed up because this is something we were missing in Canada; community that supports documentary photography as a whole," says Rafal Gerszak, who admits members butt heads, but the usual outcome is the birth of yet more ideas.
After being friends for some time, Gundlock says forming the collective "just made sense."
"I had been working on edits with Ian and Aaron for a year prior, Rafal was sleeping on my couch and Jonathan was a hotshot," says Gundlock. "Right now we are all moving forward with our practices, seeing one of us do something great and then talking to them on Skype during one of our meetings is really motivating. Right now, Boreal doesn’t need a lot of collective attention. It is running well, so sometimes we cyber chat just to catch up."
Currently, all five members are working on a project about the Alberta Oil Sands, the world’s second largest oil reserve.