I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada June 19, 1967. I've been fortunate enough to live in several countires and experience many cultures from around the world. Travel....Music....Photography...Art, throw in a little Paramedic work and Firefighting for excitement and that's me.
I provide my collectors with an original and personalized piece of art that celebrates their passion and accomplishments. I try to capture an emotional element in my artwork that goes beyond the image itself. My home is filled with my own personal artwork celebrating the things I love and that I'm proud of.
Stuff I use for photography:
Sony A7R ii, Sony A7R, Sony 16-35mm, Sony 24-70mm, Canon 100mm Macro, Canon 70-200mm f2.8L. Photomatix Pro, Topaz Labs Adjust, Denoise and Sharpen, All the Nik Software stuff, Photoshop CC, Corel Painter X and Lightroom 5.
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All images © 2011-2015 DanSun PhotoArt
Behind the Scenes - Can you see them?
I recently was transporting a patient who was dying. She was in her 90s and it was just her time, I think it was her kidneys that finally failed her. The reason I will never forget her is because of how she behaved. Every once and awhile a smile would spread across her face and she would stare behind me, as she reached up toward her gaze she would sigh as if the world was lifted off her shoulders. Then suddenly she would return to her present situation, her face became sunken and foggy. This happened several times during my time with her, I asked her who she was reaching for and she told me it was her husband who had died 50 years earlier, he was there waiting for her.
I immediately chalked it up to all the meds she was on and so did everyone else. Whatever it was, the change on her face when this happened was a transformation I will never forget. As first responders we're front and centre in the biggest show there is. Most people only get to be in it once and it's usually at the end of their life, we get to be in it all the time. I wonder what's going on behind the scenes if anything. That was my motivation for this piece.
There's a lot going on in this image. I'm curious to see what your interpretation will be.
Sometimes I just have to stop and think how crazy my job is and how much I love it. Trying to intubate someone in a car during a thunder/hail storm while firefighters are ripping the car apart to extricate my patient just reminds me why I wanted to be a paramedic in the first place. The situations we find ourselves in are sometimes truly unbelievable.
At times other healthcare professionals don’t understand the environments we need to work in. When we arrive in the ER our patient is neatly packaged and stabilized, they don’t know that in order to get that IV we needed to use our cell phones as a flashlight to see what we were doing or that we needed to cut the fence out around our impaled patient to get him in our ambulance. Sometimes we don’t have the convenience of checking their Mallampati score or even getting a history before treatment.
The only situation that I can image being more insane is performing these critical treatments while being shot at. I’m working on a series of images for our brothers and sisters in the military and I can’t wait to share them.
Stay safe everyone.
Portraits of an Emergency - Art Book
Portraits of an Emergency
This art book is a collection of images created by firefighter, paramedic, and artist Daniel Sundahl. The creation of these images provides a rare insight to the mental toll faced in the world of emergency services. Many of these images originate from real emergencies attended by the artist, and help serve as a creative outlet in processing the terrible scenes he has witnessed. Book design is by the artist with emphasis on a visual experience for the reader.
This book will not be shipped until late December. If you wish to purchase this book as a holiday gift, a designed gift letter can be emailed to you to give the recipient in lieu of the book until it is shipped.
DanSun Photo Art Scholarship Fund
A portion of the proceeds from this book will be used to create a scholarship fund to help send people to the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation's annual congress. At this congress the attendees will attend presentations on critical incident stress management and learn ways to best deal with these events for themselves and their fellow coworkers.
We are really lucky where I work to have a supportive Chief. If we have a rough call we're off for the rest of the shift and we are debriefed by people trained to deal with stress management for people like us. I feel my mental health is important to my employers.
The same can't be said for many other organizations. One paramedic was told there would be dire consequences if he or any other paramedic in this large city had work done by me. I have been banned by this city because they feel my art work would portray their service in a negative way. Get your head out of the sand people, my artwork has nothing to do with it. Your staff are killing themselves at alarming rates because they're not getting the help they need. Hiding from the problem isn't going to make it go away. There's more important things then unit utilization times and billing.
This has inspired me to start a scholarship with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. This organization has several training events where first responders can learn more about critical stress and how to deal with it. I'll be funding this scholarship from the sales of my upcoming art book. I'm hoping this scholarship will allow first responders from these close minded employers to attend these sessions, all expenses paid, so they can get the help they need and pass it along to their crew mates. I'm glad I've been banned from this city, because of it I continue to do artwork for my brothers and sisters there for free and it has lead me to create this scholarship. PTSD and mental health problems are not going away, closed minded services will just make it worse.
This image isn't from the city I'm banned from. This scene is from a community close to where I live, they are very supportive of my work.
Stay safe brothers and sisters DanSun
Here's a recent digital painting I did of a female RCMP officer. There's a lot of crazy things happening right now with law enforcement, I was sad to hear about the Houston officer who was killed while pumping gas. I work closely with my local RCMP and city police officers and have the upmost respect for them, they've saved my skin a few times. I'll be donating this hand signed metal print as an auction item to raise money for victim services in my area.
Stay safe everyone.
Bodybag Some of things we have to do as Paramedics is pretty crazy. Sometimes the treatment is more disturbing than the actual accident. Drilling an IO into a leg to get access, cutting a throat to place an airway or sticking the chest deep with needles to decompress air are just a few of things I’m sure medics of the future will think are barbaric.
Doing CPR with your hands in a pool of blood because no matter how much you suction, blood just keeps coming out of the ET tube and spilling everywhere. It’s weird to do that to another body, in my experience most of these cases don’t have a happy ending…so why do it? Why put myself through that? I guess there is a chance it could help. I wonder how many of us are haunted by the futile and invasive treatments we’ve provided to already lifeless corpses.
Stay safe everyone. DanSun
Limited Edition Print *SOLD OUT* !!!
This Fall I'll have an art book available with all my favourite pieces and quotes of the comments left by you, my readers. To help cover a portion of the printing costs I'm offering this limited edition print.
This was the very first piece I did and it's the only one that wasn't staged. It was also the cover of EMS World magazine last November. I will be printing this onto a 16x24 inch sheet of aluminum, framing it with a 2 3/4 inch black Tribeca frame and hand signing each one. I will only print 20 of these limited edition prints and will number each one next to my signature. Once all 20 are gone that's it.
Price is only $425.00 USD plus shipping. To get one of the twenty copies send me a message here or email me at email@example.com. This isn't available on my webpage as I'm personally handling, signing and numbering each order. Framing will be professionally completed at the printers then shipped to your door.
Help me get my book published by ordering one of these limited edition prints. Have a good week brothers and sisters, stay safe and look out for each other.
I’ve been in a few scary situations while working. Almost getting hit by a truck on the highway, getting caught in a house fire, flipping the ambulance and dealing with really dangerous patients. I’ve often wondered if I was just lucky or if I had someone or something looking out for me. St. Michael is the Patron Saint for police officers and St. Florian is the Patron Saint for firefighters. Even accountants have St. Matthew to look out for them. Some believe it’s relatives who have passed looking out for them or some feel it is just luck. Which ever you believe there’s no doubt that many first responders have wondered how they survived certain situations. I would love to hear your story and what or who you believe is looking out for you.
Stay safe brothers and sisters.
About a week ago I went for a “routine” procedure. When I arrived at the specialist’s office I followed my directions, I stripped naked from the waist down, laid on the table and left my baby maker out in the open for the world to see. I wasn’t uncomfortable with the procedure until this very moment. About 10 minutes later 2 women entered, the one who was going to perform the procedure was a student. For the next 30 min I was handled, squeezed and examined. All of a sudden this routine procedure turned very invasive.
I started thinking of all the times I’ve had patients in the back of my ambulance whom I started 12 leads, IVs or intubated, all routine procedures. When most of us go to work we’re going to start more IVs than people will have cups of coffee that day. My point is what seems routine to us may be a terrifying experience for our patients. I think it’s important to maintain a level of compassion for our patients. It may be the 5th IV you’ve started that day but the first ever for your patient.
I’ve been wanting to do a Flight Nurse and Medic piece for a long time and this image illustrates my point very well. Imagine on top of the IV, 12 lead, medications and the initial injury or medical condition you will now be flying in a helicopter or small plane. Flying alone can be terrifying for many people.
Thank you everyone for your continued support. Be safe and take care of each other.
On June 8th of this year Constable Daniel Woodall and his squad were serving an arrest warrant to a man known to be extreme in his anti-Semitic bullying of an Edmonton man and his family. They were both shot at through the door as they approached by a cowardly loser who then lit his house on fire and took his own life. Constable Woodall was killed and his partner was shot in the back saved by his bullet proof vest. Constable Woodall is survived by his wife and two young boys.
It bothers me when professional athletes, movie stars or other famous people are referred to as heroes. If you are risking your life to protect others then you are a hero. Constable Woodall's boys will know their Dad died a hero, protecting his community. This was evident as thousands showed their respects to the Woodall family during a public visitation yesterday. Their loss is felt by all First Responders.
This is Edmonton Police Service Squad 8 NE. I was discussing police shootings with one of the officers and she told me they are aware it's not 'if' it's 'when' the next officer will be killed in the line of duty. Two days later Constable Woodall was shot. I've done several of these squad portraits for EPS and after spending a little time with them the connection they have is evident. My deepest condolences go out to the Woodall family and the Edmonton Police Service. Thank you for keeping our community safe and the sacrifice you have made.
A public trust fund has been set up at the Royal Bank of Canada, and contributions can be made at any branch to the D. Woodall Family Fund.
When the call is over I'm usually pretty wired, especially if we had a save. It's disheartening to walk back to the truck after your paperwork and handoff report is done and have to look at this. The part that hits me is once we get this all cleaned up we may be doing it again right away...or we may be going for a routine, non emerge transfer.
I love this job, I know in many of my pieces I'm showing the sadder or more negative sides but I do that to raise PTSD and mental health awareness. As dreary as this image looks I get excited looking at it. What bigger rush is there than to be trying to save a life.
Stay safe everyone.
Sometimes it's hard to comprehend why things happen. Why innocent children are killed or why people do certain things to each other. For a normal person it doesn't make sense why someone would murder a child or torture another human to death. Why would a whole family be killed in a car accident just because they had a flat? Why does a loving father die in front of his family while eating dinner because he choked on a chicken bone? it does not compute!!! It's hard to make sense of these things and I think that's what makes us crazy.
I know I've found myself just sitting there after a call, trying to process it, trying to make some sense of it. After many years doing this work I've learn that when it comes to life and death there is no sense. There is no right and wrong or fairness. I'm a believer of what comes around goes around and Karma.
I know many of my fellow First Responder Brothers and Sisters know what I'm talking about. These types of calls can really get in our heads and stay there forever. If you have one of these in your brain and can't shake it get help, get rid of it before it gets rid of you. Stay safe everyone and have a good weekend.