Jake Niece is a “jake of all trades” who uses both mind and muscle in his multiple lines of work. In the summer he works as a wildland firefighter in Colorado, and in the winter he works on snowmaking crews. In both seasons he carries a camera and creates beautiful images through his passion for photography, which he has since turned into a third profession.
In addition to fueling his love for photography, Niece’s work as a firefighter gives him a unique perspective into the experience of battling newsworthy wildfires. While most press photographers only have short windows of safe access they can use to snap a few shots, Niece is able to take his camera deep into the world of battling wildfires.
Snapped with a small Sony camera that’s portable enough for his work, Niece’s work was featured in a National Geographic online story back in November 2014 along with two other photographers.
Here is a collection of the favorite firefighting photographs he has captured so far:
You can find more of Niece’s photographs over on his photography website.
Image credits: Photographs by Jake Niece and used with permission