Wildland Firefighting in BC, Canada

58°30’59” N / 117°8’6” W

As a photographer, I can’t help but see the world in light, shapes, shadows, layers and landscapes. I am constantly composing still photographs in my head whether or not there is camera in my hand to capture them or not.

When I am not behind a camera, you can usually find me behind a chainsaw and this summer I spent some time working with firefighters on a ground crew as a faller.

It’s been an extremely high fire season for British Colombia this year. With a lack of rain and high temperatures in combination with many lightning storms, BC has had over 1700 recorded wildfires by mid August. While working as a wildland firefighter, I often see moments worth capturing but struggle to capture them usually due to lack of timing. It’s hard to pull out the camera in times of action as I am usually involved hands-on in the action myself with either a chainsaw or manning the end of the fire hose. I have done my best to keep my backpack close with my camera inside, protected from the dirty and wet environment of firefighting so that when the timing in right, I am able to snap a few photos of the work being done.


Wildland Firefighting
Wildland Firefighting
Action Photography
Action Photography
Firefighter Photography
Firefighter Photography
Firefighter Photography
British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia, Canada
Wildland Firefighting
Photo of myself packing my saw up the steep mountains in Nelson, BC

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