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The nameless Fireman by Christianonfire7 The nameless Fireman by Christianonfire7

Okay, this was taken for :iconobscuredphotos: challenge of the week 'Portraits'
I know I could have simply taken a shot of someone I know to make it easy for myself, but as I thought about this challenge I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and to take a picture of someone I HIGHLY respect. A Firefighter.
All week I've wanted to go down to one of the Stations to ask one of the Firefighters, but between the rain and the lack of transport I hadn't been able to do it, until today.

We were out and about, and sense a Fire station happened to be close to the bank, I dug down deep and walked over to it and rang the bell.
And to my surprise and happiness someone answered the door, after introducing myself I asked if I could take a picture of one the their Firefighters, and after telling him what the picture was for he agreed.
He then asked me if I wanted a Firefighter with hair or without. (It was amusing) and he slipped in the back room where the others were then shortly came back and led me into the station garage where the Engine was. (An Engine I knew so well sense I lived only two streets away from it for seven years of my life)

He put on his whole suit for me too, and during which I asked some questions and he was so willing to answer me. Once he was fully dressed in his fire suit I took his picture in front of the Fire truck, and as I thanked him he asked me if I'd like to look around sense I was there. (And of course I happily accepted. )

He taught me about the Engine truck and also the Rescue truck, he allowed me to look through all the departments along the side of it of the E truck, showed me the hoses and even allowed me to get in the back where the water controls are (and where the deck gun is!)
He also mentioned to me that the Fire Stations are currently hiring over 100 people, and that they are strongly looking for Women firefighters (which for some reason I didn't ask why)
And in this time period of talking to him, I went from feeling so unsure of myself, so uncomfortable to feeling great and confident, and comfortable around him.
He was so willing to help out, so willing to teach, and that's another reason I respect Firefighters so much, their willingness to reach out. He also encouraged me about my desire to become a Firefighter.

So I had a great time with capturing this shot for this challenge, because it allowed me to step out of the box, allowed me to do something I'd never done before, on my own two feet. It built up not only my confidence in what I can do, but my self confidence in who I am.

So to the owner of :iconobscuredphotos:, I greatly, greatly thank you for putting this as the challenge of the week, because even though I'm late due, the challenge allowed me to do something I never done before, it allowed me to learn so much in one day about a job I still would LOVE to have. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

To the Firefighter in the picture, I also thank, though in the nervousness and excitement I totally forgot to ask his name, but I will pay respect by getting it.

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Tekaramity Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
W-w-wow, that description moved me to tears. Such an excellent reflection & contemplation, COF7. God bless you for this wonderful story & great photo. :)
Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
Plasticwalrus93 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
In parenthesis you should of put fireproof (Kirk Cameron reference)
Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, that'd would've been an idea. :D
sunwisp Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Such a story behind a simple portrait! You went to great lengths to take this. :D
Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I sure did and it was so exciting to do it. Once I get a better camera I may go to another Fire Station to take another portrait. :)
Thanks for the comment.
sunwisp Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
blackdoor8 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional
yes is good photo
trippinxtremezebra Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student Filmographer
very nice... I love things like this

can we call him Joe? he looks like a Joe
Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, me to!

Okay, lets call him Joe. :nod: He does look like a Joe doesn't he?
Cadmonia Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
I have learned that firefighters are some of the most friendly people.
Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
They sure are. :)
ASimpleArtLover Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
with everything you do, you inspire more and more respect. not only for yourself, but for the people you honor as well.
Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush: Thanks.
3wyl Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist

Looks like you had a right old journey there. :D

It's amazing how some people can go to such lengths to get a shot... and it brings home the fact that a shot is never just a shot, it contains a back story too.

I think there are good and bad firemen, if that makes sense... although perhaps there is a higher chance of good men being there. :shrug:

I like how you've captured him in his element with the truck behind to emphasise the concept.

Fantastic stuff, both the shot itself and everything before/after the event. :nod:
Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true statement, and some shots can take someone to great lengths to get, when others just randomly hop out in front of you. And this one was one I had to seek out. And it was totally worth it.

Same with any person, you have your bad and good, just don't often see your bad Firefighters, though I know there are some out there. Like this one, I heard about on the news, he put a bunch of naked pictures of himself on a website. It made news because they were saying that Firefighters are suppose to be held to higher standards, because so many people look up to them and all. So for one to do something like that was such a shock.

I'm glad you like the overall story/capture of this picture, that always makes me happy to hear! :hug:
3wyl Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good! I'm glad. :D

True... =/

Oh dear. o.O

Yes, indeed. We expect high things from them, which could put pressure on them.

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Canon ZR850
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3 mm
Date Taken
Nov 5, 2010, 3:14:46 PM
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