Monday, April 23, 2012

Bravery Personified



In Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers this week, the focus is on bravery.  Although this can mean so many different things to so many people, the first image that comes to mind for me when I think of bravery is a firefighter.  As the quote I used in this piece suggests, just the fact that someone chooses to become a firefighter is a phenomenal act of bravery.

This photo was taken last summer when I was out cycling and I came upon the tragic fire in the town of Magnetawan.  Sadly, the general store and 'June's Restaurant' as it was known to locals, was lost to the fire.
Note:  It was a really hot summer day. Add to that the heat from the fire and it must have been sweltering in that uniform!


This post has been linked to Texture Tuesday, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, Photo Art Friday, and Photo Friday Link Party.  You might be interested in taking a look at some of the other photography that is being shared on these sites.

32 comments:

  1. I can't imagine anyone much braver than a firefighter - that job requires a special type of person. Your photo is powerful and says it all - thank you for sharing!

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  2. Awesome shot ...very photojournalistic (is that even a word?!? guess it is now!)

    I agree firefighters rock the free world.
    Give generously to your local station folks!

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    1. Thank you Jen. I think that photojournalistic is a word, but if not, I certainly embrace your meaning!

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  3. Your texture usage here makes that scene feel all the more real.

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  4. Your photo has great meaning to many of us. On 911, I was working with a gal whose son was a fireman and lost his life helping other people. So I add mothers of firefighters to that bravery list.

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    1. Absolutely! And wives, children, fathers, etc. So many are impacted by the work that these brave men and women do and by the tragic loss when they are killed while trying to save others. Thanks for your comment Ruth Anne.

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  5. Great shot and story behind it makes you really appreciate a firefighter's job!

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  6. from the land of raging wildfires . . . I couldn't agree more.
    a very expressive capture.

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  7. A beautiful piece of work and a good reminder of how brave our public servants are.

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    1. Thank you Cheryl. I'm thrilled at the response this image has elicited.

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  8. Hi Linda, There are two firefighter in my family. Beautiful shot, love it.

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    1. Thanks so much! I enjoyed seeing your photos this week too!

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  10. Just so realistic artwork. I like this, and poem too :)

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    1. Thanks Merike. I really love that quote too.

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  11. good to accknowledge the fireman. They are important.

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  12. Wow this is powerful! - I'm so use to seeing the pretty photos of flowers and nature that this one really jumped out at me. You've caputred this tragic scene with a "gritty" feel that exemplifies the Bravery of Fireman. Great quote as well.

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    1. Thank you so much Ida. I'm glad it caught your attention.

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  13. Beautiful shot of such a sad scene. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  14. Great capture...love that quote. My husband is a retired fireman and some of the things he saw and did, well...he's my hero.

    Bright blessings,
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy. And a big thank you to your husband for his bravery and service!

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  15. Yes, there is bravery and honor in becoming a fireman and a law enforcement officer of any kind for both services. You did a lovely processing for this tribute and a terrific image to begin with. Love and hugs from Alaska. Visiting with PAF today. Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen. Glad you came to visit.

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