Sunset bison

Sunset bison

Thursday, November 13, 2014

B&W challenge day two

I'm almost old-school when it comes to photojournalism and really miss black and white. This shot was taken in 2010 after a string of arsons hit Hanover. The arsonist would always light two fires on opposite sides of town. That really stretched firefighters thin, and in every case assistance was rushed from a half dozen nearby departments. Some were 30 miles away, however, and it took time to get there—time that allowed the fires to become uncontrollable. This shot was in the aftermath of an all-night engagement that left firefighters exhausted. The empty jacket and helmet, the bottles of water and the empty cigarette pack tell of their ordeal.


huskerfan89 said...

How can I ever forget all them fires. My house was one of them that he hit on December 17th of that year. Good thing none of us were home at the time, but it was a total loss. So many years and memories up in smoke. Love the black and white.

Tom Parker said...

So sorry to hear that you were one of the victims. It was certainly a scary time, never knowing when the fires would break out again. The last time, as I recall, there were three fires set at the same time, which really stretched the resources of the local firefighters. It was just a matter of time before someone got seriously hurt or killed. Thankfully the individual or individuals relocated (or whatever) before striking again. And now Topeka is starting to get arson fires. Makes you wonder...