Monday, January 13, 2014
This year, unlike 2012, I was able to create every Tag for every month after Tim Holtz's posting of his 12 Tags of 2013. I'd missed one tag in 2012 completely, and a posting deadline -by a mere 3 hours- of another tag. It wasn't as easy to make one per month as I thought it would be once he changed from doing all 12 just in December every year. He likes to use the newest items he's designed, but they take forever to get to Indiana. So I came up with scanning off the card drawings my brother Gordon had done for us years ago. Then used the b&w copies to color them as per the technique Tim showed for that month!
These photos were all taken during the Saturday; December 28, Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department-hosted Burnout Training. It took place at an old house prepped for the event in GVFD's former small drive-through town of Georgetown, alonside the Wabash River in the southwest part of Cass County, Indiana. In the photo at the left, I'd just gotten there after their full morning of inside training. That part can be a bit boring for a photographer who does not wish to get in the way by going inside with a full set of FFgear on. The trainer (in this case, our FFCaptSon, Brian) sets up deliberately set fires and they are allowed to 'grow' either in certain set patterns or wildly as the Beast (the appropriate name given by most FFs to fire itself)pleases, and then the other Firefighters- new and old alike- whomever is willing to keep in practice as an already-established and trained FF, or a 'newbie' Rookie FF. But to a photographer, this kind of burn is very different from the emotions that are played out during a real toned-out fire call. So when my ChiefHubby or FFCaptSon see me, they end up POSING (as in the pic of the two of them side-by-side together... therefore NOT REALLY 'posing' as an action photographer would like...you know; the real stuff. And in the picture at the top left, you see my ChiefHubby letting me know he's still MY#1. :)
Having explained all the above, you now have a 'correct' perspective on this particular shoot and why the fire itself seems to be 'ignored' when in reality it is being paid VERY close attention to. The type of training this was for was specifically in using airpacks, and other main equipment regularly used in a real tone-out to help a few of the newer FFs from 2 different Depts.(there are some events where many Depts. have several FFs needing more training).
So, please.take a few mins to view through them in this post. :)
I'll be doing alot of jumping back to things made prior to 2014, just to give you a glimpse into other crafts, photo shoots, etc. that I've enjoyed doing. The photo here, shows the Family Photo Books I made for the 2013 shoot. The books were made using Tim Holtz's Pocket Watch Movers&Shapers die #658571 and the coordinating repositional Circles dies #658566. I used a thicker, stiff cardboard and then painted with Distress Paints- Picket Fence and Gold. With some TH Ideology pieces (Swivel Clasps, Long Fasteners, Time Pieces, clear Fragments painted and stamped with date stamper) and a some layers of BIBLE pages (an old one bought for 25cents at rummage just for cutting fave verses into flowers like this or
other items) and some Grungepaper cut into small pieces made to look like hinges (just by folding into small sqares and then placed onto the TH Hardware Findings die #656632 with the fold not getting cut; gives you an hourglass-shape when unfolded after cut is made), and of course, old trash turned into stash- plastics cut with the Pocket Watch die.....and the final touch of some filmy ribbon....all put together with Glossy Accents. It made a very NICE sturdy album for the August 10 wedding of our PURDUE couple ! Momma kept the gold one for herself since it was the old-looking one. That's why it had more 'pages' unfolding out of it- I had to have room for all three sets plus some old pics of our own 1984 wedding, our renewed vows (I actually got into my wedding dress for that- at 17 yrs behind us!), etc. The longer you've been alive; the more photos you end up with. This entire project took about one day. It really IS pretty simple to do as long as you can visualize how thick you want it to be (according to how many circles you want fit inside it and how thick those cuts will be, so do those first).
I hope you enjoy this and give it a try yourself ! I got the idea from a photo off Sizzix blogs, and knew this die was a KEEPER! Loved it at first sight, and I can't wait to get some more time to use it- perhaps with a compass theme for our July 2014 Anniversary Cruise. Of course, since the other four couples also got the same scrapbook that I picked up, I will have to make them some also. The more= the MERRIER! ;)