• Chris Bolin Photography

    Chris Bolin is a editorial and corporate photographer based in Calgary, Alberta. He assignment based work includes covering daily news, national event and travel assignments for local, national and international clients.

On May the 1st, two puffs of white smoke were spotted by Suncor employees working north of Fort McMurray, AB working in Alberta’s Oil Sands. Over the next 48 hours, the largest natural disaster in Alberta’s history and an evacuation of some 80 000 residents would take place. I was already in Edmonton on the Monday and was quickly assigned to cover the fires for Maclean’s Magazine. Here are some of the images that I captured during my week around the province. Link to stories below.

http://www.macleans.ca/tag/fort-mcmurray-fire/

 

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FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 2016 - Fort McMurray AB - Homes are destroyed in the neighbourhood of Beacon Hill in Fort McMurray from wildfires that took over 1800 structures. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 2016 - Fort McMurray AB - Homes are destroyed in the neighbourhood of Timberlea in Fort McMurray from wildfires that took over 1800 structures. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 2016 - Fort McMurray AB - Homes are destroyed in the neighbourhood of Timberlea in Fort McMurray from wildfires that took over 1800 structures. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 2016 - Fort McMurray AB - Melted aluminum lines the driveway after fire destroyed homes in the neighbourhood of Timberlea in Fort McMurray from wildfires that took over 1800 structures. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 2016 - Fort McMurray AB - A for sale sign lays melted infront of homes that are destroyed in the neighbourhood of Timberlea in Fort McMurray. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 2016 - Fort McMurray AB - Homes are destroyed in the neighbourhood of Timberlea in Fort McMurray from wildfires that took over 1800 structures. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 2016 - Fort McMurray AB - Homes are destroyed in the neighbourhood of Timberlea in Fort McMurray from wildfires that took over 1800 structures. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 2016 - Fort McMurray AB - Homes are destroyed in the neighbourhood of Timberlea in Fort McMurray from wildfires that took over 1800 structures. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 2016 - Fort McMurray AB - Homes are destroyed in the neighbourhood of Timberlea in Fort McMurray from wildfires that took over 1800 structures. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 2016 - Fort McMurray AB - Inside images of the destruction of the wildfires that took over 1800 structures in Fort McMurray, AB on Friday, May 6, 2016. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 2016 - Fort McMurray AB - Inside images of the destruction of the wildfires that took over 1800 structures in Fort McMurray, AB on Friday, May 6, 2016. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 2016 - Wandering River, AB - A group of Fort McMurray residents celebrate their arrival to Wandering River, AB by uncorking a bottle of champagne after they were allowed to return south in the vehicle convoy after they were trapped north of Fort McMurray on Friday, May 6, 2016. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine Grey shirt: Devon Boudreau Overalls: Dan Turner Lululemon sweater/black top: Ali Russell Black-white jacket: Jessica Stuckey Grey top: Carol Kang

THURSDAY, MAY 5th, 2016 - Fort McMurray AB -Smoke fills the sky north of Fort McMurray as seen from Highway 63 south of town as wildfires continue to burn the community. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

THURSDAY, MAY 5th, 2016 - Fort McMurray AB - RCMP monitor a check point at Highway 63 south of Fort McMurray as wildfires continue to burn the community. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

THURSDAY, MAY 5th, 2016 - Gregoire Lake , AB - Wildfires continue to burn near Gregoire Lake, AB about 45 mins south of Fort McMurray, Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

THURSDAY, MAY 5th, 2016 - Fort McMurray, AB - Highway 881 looking North towards Fort McMurray, AB as fires burn around the northern Alberta community. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

THURSDAY, MAY 5th, 2016 - Conklin, AB - The shelves have only a few remaining items at a service station near Conklin, AB about 2 hours south of Fort McMurray, AB. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

THURSDAY, MAY 5th, 2016 - Conklin, AB - The only two confirmed deaths related to the AB wildfires happened along a section of a highway out of Fort McMurray after a fiery crash between an SUV and a tractor trailer that killed two people. Lac La Biche RCMP say the collision happened on Highway 881 at Range Road 94 near the Heart Lake First Nation. The driver and passenger of the SUV were declared dead at the scene.Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

WEDNESDAY, MAY 04, 2016 - Lac Le Biche, Alberta - Thomas Spark from Cape Breton, NS who now lives in Fort McMurray sets up camp in the Winston Churchill campground in Lac La Biche, AB after being evacuated from fires that have taken over northern Alberta on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 . Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

WEDNESDAY, MAY 04, 2016 - Lac Le Biche, Alberta - Residents of Fort McMurray get some rest in on cots at the Bold Centre in Lac La Biche, AB after being evacuated from fires that have taken over northern Alberta on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 . Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

WEDNESDAY, MAY 04, 2016 - Lac Le Biche, Alberta - Residents of Fort McMurray go through clothing donations at the Bold Centre in Lac La Biche, AB after being evacuated from fires that have taken over northern Alberta on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 . Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

WEDNESDAY, MAY 04, 2016 - Lac Le Biche, Alberta - Residents of Fort McMurray arrive at the Bold Centre in Lac La Biche, AB after being evacuated from fires that have taken over northern Alberta on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 . Photo by CHRIS BOLIN For Macleans Magazine

http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/la-loche-a-small-towns-grief-a-nations-shame

I had the great pleasure of being asked to cover this breaking and tragic story for Macleans Magazine while working alongside with the amazing writer Jason Markusoff. We were on the ground within a half a day and together helped tell the story of this community and their struggles.


 

 

 

 

I spent last weekend down in Taber, Alberta, a small town of about 8000 people about 2.5 hours from Calgary. The town has recently enacted a bylaw for swearing, spitting , large gatherings in public and a curfew for its minors. I shot the piece for Macleans Magazine and quickly discovered it was more than that is the problem. Local Mennonite teens gather every Sunday after church in the parking lot near the Tim Horton’s and Walmart and this is where the trouble begins. There seems to be a real division between the local residents and these church-going hard-working kids.  You can read the story here by: Rachel Browne – http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/tabers-real-target-mennonites/

 

Recently I was invited to be the official staff photographer to Danielle Smith, Leader of the Wildrose Party here in Alberta. I was approached by her communications team after doing some work with her and the Party for various editorial outlets over the last few years. Here are some of my favourite images from the first few months on the job. She is a wonderful person to photograph and gives me incredible access to her work and life. She is passionate about this Province and its people and understands the importance of great imagery and the art of the story.

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith