So here’s the newest concept in our themed posts. As many of you know, I was a student for 5 years at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, earning both my Associate’s Degree in Photographic Technology from Daytona State College and my Bachelor’s Degree in Photography from the University of Central Florida. During my time in this wonderfully demanding and enriching program, we were exposed to a wide variety of shooting styles, techniques and genres of photography.
One particular class at UCF is where I’m going to start. Gary Monroe, a professor I respect immensely, was teaching a class called Narrative Editorial Photography. It was a class that helped myself and a lot of my classmates to step outside our comfort zones and try to look at the world with new eyes.
I created two portfolios in this course, one about my experience with my youngest son, Ben and another about a multi city firefighter exercise to both help educate the firefighters in our community as well as save the Department of Corrections some money by burning down a few buildings they no longer needed.
The series I’m about to share was intense and beautiful all the same time. It’s hard for us, as civilians to understand the type of heat and danger these men and women go through when dealing with a building that is fully engulfed in flames. This was a controlled exercise: all necessary safety precautions are in place, but there is still immense danger for variables not even the most thought out plan can cover. As you look through this series, please think about that and pray for the fire personnel when you see them fighting a fire in your community or rescuing a motorist in an accident.