Our next meeting will be on July 28th, 2014 at the Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court (off Whispering Pines), Grass Valley, at 6:30 P.M.
Our speaker is Wes Schultz, a career firefighter with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Arden Fire District, and Sacramento Metro Fire Department. Wes has been taking photos of wildfires and firefighting for over 15 years and will highlight the lessons he has learned about shooting the dramatic photos of men and women working to quell the flames. "It is not just about the fire, but about people and their role in fire suppression - often a hot, dirty, exhausting job. Most of my images have a firefighter in them some place; the fire or emergency is secondary."
Wes was born and raised in Sacramento. His first job with CDF (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), was in “downtown Weed, California, when the only safety equipment CDF issued was a tin hat and the rest was up to you. That was in the summer of 1966 and the start of my life in the fire service," stated Schultz.
Before he retired, Wes began carrying a camera in his duty vehicle taking pictures at emergencies. He entered his photos in contests, fairs, and art shows, and started to win awards and favorable comments. “Over the last several years, I have won national, state, local and fire service awards for my photographs. Several images were used by National Geographic for one of their videos and some have been published in magazines and really great books on wildfire firefighting." He currently volunteers for CalFire (CDF) and Sac Metro Fire as a photographer and has volunteered for the US Forest Service and California Office of Emergency Services.