As we wake to a new year, it is imperative we reflect on the defining images of time past. From love to hatred, tears to laughter and the in-between, 2017 will leave an indelible mark on all of our lives.

Our job as news gatherers is to chronicle the lives of our neighbors and provide meaningful context to their stories. We hope this helps us all understand one another a little better.

My job is simple. I make the pictures. My aim is to not only show the beauty, but also the struggle that comes with it. I hope the following images remind you of your humanity and that we’re in this thing together.