Fire Photographer Trevor James, with Lloyd Mitchell

“I work like a street photographer,”

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Fire Photographer Trevor James has been a lifelong fire buff. He grew up in Somerset, Massachusetts and his father and grandfather used to take him to the huge mill fires in Fall River, Mass. He fell in love with the sight of 3/4 boots, thick smoke, ladder pipe operations, and fire apparatus crowding the fireground during those fires.

Trevor actively fire buffs and photographs in the Metro DC area (Montgomery, Prince Georges, Frederick, Washington, Fairfax Counties and DC). While living in Philadelphia during the ‘90s he chased Philadelphia Fire Department apparatus to jobs in the city on a bike.

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His undergrad days at Alfred University led him to study Studio Arts with a focus on printmaking and photography. “I did a lot of black & white photography and some alternative process printing. I still like to shoot directly in black & white.” Describing his shooting style, “I work like a street photographer shooting from various angles, trying as much as possible not to look through the viewfinder. I drop low to the pavement; I go high above the crews. I hold the camera at odd angles. I want this mystery to my shots. I want myself, and the viewer to be surprised by the shot. I don’t want to know what I’m capturing until I get back to the computer and review the shots. I like to get as close as possible to the firefighters and to the equipment, the gear, the firefighter’s faces, and the emotion from the scene.”

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Trevor enjoys the camaraderie and friendships that he’s built with the firefighting crews. “I give as many of my photos back to the crews and departments as possible. It’s my way of saying thanks for allowing me to share in the excitement and work”.

Trevor is a contributing photographer to Firehouse Magazine Online edition, and Fire Engineering Magazine, and he recently had an image selected for a future cover of Fire Engineering from a Prince Georges County 3rd alarm. He also contributes frequently to FireScenes.net, a nationwide fire photography site. You can see more of Trevor’s photos on FireScenes.net .

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LloydMitchellPhotoLloyd Mitchell is a freelance photojournalist for the Canarsie Courier since graduating from Villa Maria College in Buffalo in December 2015. He covers breaking news and sports,covering the southeast section of Brooklyn covering from 15 different sections of the borough. His images have appeared in the New York Daily News and Fire News. He also is a regular contributor to Fire Engineering Magazine with multiple covers and photos published with articles to help educate and train the fire service. He recently had photos published in Ryan Pennington’s book “Hoarder Homes Piles of Hazards for Firefighters.” He shoots with 2 Nikon bodies in a D5100 and 35 mm lens and a D7100 with a 55-300 mm telephoto lens. You can see more of his work here, on Instagram: LloydMitchellPhotography and on Twitter at LloydPhoto.

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