"...and that's how a picture is worth a million words!!! Amazing"
- Firefighter, Houston
"This is amazing!!Never stop doing such amazing art!!"
- Paramedic, Perth, Australia
"Your book was given to me as a gift for my birthday about a month ago. I was so excited to get through the pages to see more pics, but I was so overcome with emotions that I have tucked away for years and years , it took me almost 2 weeks to finish it. It is the most beautiful gift I have ever been given. The way you capture images shows so much intensity, so much emotion and feeling. You get right to the heart of why I do this job and love it, and hate it, so much. The raw emotion is almost too much at times, but I also needed this reminder of how much I really do love this job. I almost gave up and threw in he towel, but after reading your book I felt so refreshed to know someone understands how intense day to day can really be. I thank you, and am looking forward to your next book !!" - Jodi Beck, EMT
"I just retired from 30 years 'on the box'. Your pictures tell the story of my office like none I've ever seen before. Great Work. Thank You!"
- Paramedic, Birmingham, UK
"Every time i see one of your amazing works of art my stomach flips, after 30 years in EMS they bring back so many memories" - Paramedic, NYC
"This brought tears to my eyes! Your work is beautiful and amazing" - RN, Toronto
I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada June 19, 1967. I've been fortunate enough to live in several countries 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'm passionate about raising mental health awareness for first responders, many of these images are based on real calls I've attended over a 15 year career as a full time paramedic and firefighter. I put a lot of emotion in my work and as you look through these images you may connect with them if you're a fellow first responder. If you've never worked in emergency services then these images will give you a glimpse into our world.
Thanks for visiting my page and feel free to use the 'contact me' link above if you would like to get in touch.
All images © 2011-2018 DanSun PhotoArt
A long time ago I realized I wanted to get the most out of this life. I travel a lot and have lived in several countries hoping to expand my life experiences. People often ask me why I became a paramedic, and I tell them because I wanted to help people, but that's not the truth - I wish it were. People also ask why emergency workers stay in their job if there's such a high risk of mental injury. For me, there's no more of a significant life experience than being with someone at a critical moment in their life. Trying to save someone from a traumatic or medical event or delivering a baby is as real as life gets for me. There are not many people that can say they have been with someone at the moment of their death or who have genuinely made a difference in saving a life. These are the most real of life experiences for me, and it's why I continue doing this job. If you're a life experience junkie like me than being an emergency worker is as good as it gets in my opinion.
We're our own worst critics when it comes to serious calls. Did I miss something? Did I follow the proper procedure? Should I have done something different? Would they have lived if I had done so? I think we all do the best we can in those situations but we're terrified if we missed something.
Often the questions haunt us for years. I called this piece Absolution - the release of consequences.
Real heroes don't have super powers or get paid millions to play sports. Real heroes risk their own physical and mental well being to save others.