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© Cody Austin
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Taken at a warehouse fire in Houston, TX.

79 responses

  • Scott Spychalski

    Scott Spychalski said (9 Feb 2008):

    Love the tones and perspective.

  • Jason Schupp

    Jason Schupp gave props (9 Feb 2008):

    Whoa! You've outdone yourself, Cody. There's so much right with this one.

  • Yvonne Roberts

    Yvonne Roberts (Deleted) gave props (9 Feb 2008):

    Awesome capture.

  • jennifer fogg

    jennifer fogg gave props (9 Feb 2008):

    Amazing Cody!

  • Cody Austin

    Cody Austin said (9 Feb 2008):

    Thanks Scott, Jason, Yvonne and Jen. This photo has gotten the biggest response out of all my photos.

  • Thomas Simmons

    Thomas Simmons gave props (9 Feb 2008):

    best work i've seen from you yet, cody

  • Jason Schupp

    Jason Schupp said (10 Feb 2008):

    What I think really draws me in (on top of technical excellence and I'll get to that) is that, given how this decade's gone, it seems like "firefighter standing in front of burnt-down such-and-such" has become its own genre, one that's easy to bog down in too much sentimentality and become clichéd. This photo doesn't do that at all, which makes it all the more powerful, doing a better job at conveying what all the cliché photos try to convey.
    Here's what I mean: The firefighter's body language is very relaxed. I get the idea that the fire is under control, or the team has at least done what they can. So here's this guy, he's surveying the damage, taking it all in. You've got it framed that it's very empty, which... you know, something has burned down, there's now nothing where there was something. If you hadn't mentioned this was a warehouse fire, I'd really have no idea what had burned down. And this firefighter, he's okay with this, or at least resolved. I imagine he sees a lot of destruction and acceptance of this comes easier... which says more about the profession than any photo where it's all, "hey look, they saved the kitten, or the baby, or the old woman, how *heroic*." No, this is more about the day in, day out handling the fact that things do not last, which takes a strength no less valuable and worthy.
    Compositionally, you got the texture of the smoke which is just enough, you give it just enough space, the focus is just right, the sepia tone is totally appropriate... hell yeah, Cody, you nailed it.

  • Cody Austin

    Cody Austin said (10 Feb 2008):

    Jason, thanks for taking the time to write your comment. It means a lot to me and makes me only want to work harder for that next great shot. Thank you.

  • Paul Snider

    Paul Snider gave props (19 Feb 2008):

    Simple storytelling, technically excellent!

  • Cody Austin

    Cody Austin said (19 Feb 2008):

    Thanks Paul.

  • Rhian Syahzana

    Rhian Syahzana (Deleted) gave props (28 Feb 2008):

    nice shot.....

  • Mariah

    Mariah said (7 May 2008):

    this needs an award. :P

  • Cody Austin

    Cody Austin said (7 May 2008):

    Thanks Mariah!

  • Jillian

    Jillian said (31 May 2008):

    this is truely a fantastic shot.

  • Cody Austin

    Cody Austin said (31 May 2008):

    Thanks Jillian.

  • Natalie Franco

    Natalie Franco (Deleted) gave props (17 Jun 2008):

    I agree with Mariah this images needs to be recognized or awarded some how ! Truly Brilliant !!

  • Peter McLaughlin

    Peter McLaughlin said (20 Jun 2008):

    I'm a 21 yr. professional fire fighter, Great Tribute !

  • Steven Hoenstine

    Steven Hoenstine (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    really excellent...a new favorite

  • Jacob Olsen

    Jacob Olsen said (21 Jun 2008):

    Amazing!! I don't want to bore you with a huge paragraph comment, but i might end up doing just that... this makes me think about a lot that has happened in the past decade. During 9/11 i had an uncle of mine working in the pentagon, which scared me to death. Also, I was present at the Sofa Superstore fire in Charleston, SC, which made national headlines, and I saw the roof collapse which (unbeknown to me at the time) resulted in the nine firefighters' deaths. Amazing, thought-provoking photo!

  • Cody Austin

    Cody Austin said (21 Jun 2008):

    Thanks Natalie, Peter, Steven and Jacob for your comments.

  • Craig Llewellyn

    Craig Llewellyn gave props (22 Jun 2008):

    Off the charts... awesome shot.

  • Elliot Ross

    Elliot Ross (Deleted) gave props (23 Jun 2008):

    Ooof! This is stunning. I love the subtle tone to the image. Great contrast. This photo really invokes an emotion within me...you accomplished your goal in this photo.

  • Cody Austin

    Cody Austin said (27 Jun 2008):

    Thanks Craig and Elliot.

  • Nicholas Pantages 

    Nicholas Pantages  gave props (28 Jun 2008):

    awesome shot. way powerful.

  • Robert Larson

    Robert Larson (Deleted) said (29 Jun 2008):

    In short : Fantstic

  • Donna Beeler

    Donna Beeler said (29 Jun 2008):

    This is a beautiful photo...which tells a story...which is what photography is all about...great job.

  • Cody Austin

    Cody Austin said (30 Jun 2008):

    Thanks for the comments Nicholas, Robert and Donna!

  • Nathan McNamara

    Nathan McNamara gave props (30 Jun 2008):

    Very humbling, love the contrast too!

  • Annie

    Annie said (30 Jun 2008):

    This is an unbelieveably well done picture : )

  • Cody Austin

    Cody Austin said (30 Jun 2008):

    Thanks Nathan and Annie for your comments!

  • Wallace Jones

    Wallace Jones gave props (5 Jul 2008):

    Great shot!!!!

  • Jane Linders

    Jane Linders gave props (8 Jul 2008):

    If this image isn't included in the next Jpg magazine I am cancelling my subscription!

  • Cody Austin

    Cody Austin said (9 Jul 2008):

    Now I'm under so much pressure! I don't want you to cancel your subscription!

  • Devin Hayes

    Devin Hayes gave props (9 Jul 2008):

    voted! I don't know if it's my favorite of yours but it ranks right up there! Nice shot Cody!!

  • DarKat

    DarKat gave props (11 Jul 2008):


  • Kim Erlandsen

    Kim Erlandsen said (12 Jul 2008):

    Visually stunning and fits the themes 100%. Great photo.

  • David Tea

    David Tea said (13 Jul 2008):

    Brilliant shot I must say but I don't see how this fits into Democracy.

  • Sherstin Schwartz

    Sherstin Schwartz gave props (16 Jul 2008):

    Fantastic capture with a lot of emotion, I love it.

  • jesse wright

    jesse wright said (17 Jul 2008):

    awesome and emotional shot

  • n

    n gave props (24 Jul 2008):

    Striking photo!!

  • Brooke Randell

    Brooke Randell said (25 Jul 2008):

    This is a beautiful shot that captures your attention at the first glance.

  • Anna Migdal

    Anna Migdal gave props (26 Jul 2008):

    you have my vote

  • Cody Austin

    Cody Austin said (28 Jul 2008):

    Wow thanks Robin!

  • Jeffrey Lowy

    Jeffrey Lowy said (31 Jul 2008):

    A m a z i n g.

  • Gary Rittermeyer

    Gary Rittermeyer (Deleted) gave props (2 Aug 2008):

    This is an amazing photograph...one of my favorites on JPG.

  • Travis Flack

    Travis Flack said (7 Aug 2008):

    This photo stuck out so much, it so technically accurate, deeply personal and evocative. You can almost see some resemblance of fear by the tilt of his helmet, which is quickly removed by the movement from subject to content. I however, don't consider this democratic, it doesn't fit here for me. Please don't take that the wrong way, you know I like it.

  • Marela

    Marela gave props (5 Sep 2008):

    so great

  • James Leocadi

    James Leocadi (Deleted) gave props (23 Sep 2008):

    so striking, really is such a powerful image, great work!

  • Jaymie Darden

    Jaymie Darden said (25 Sep 2008):

    Wow! This photo is just absolutely spectacular!

  • Wallace Jones

    Wallace Jones gave props (2 Oct 2008):

    Wow! that is powerful!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (8 Oct 2008):

    This has got to WIN! It is such a remarkable photo! Well done....just beautifully done!

  • Melissa Madison Fuller

    Melissa Madison Fuller (Deleted) said (12 Oct 2008):

    beautiful beautiful shot.

  • Camille Susak

    Camille Susak gave props (15 Oct 2008):

    Amazing shot-amazing person-amazing job-just amazing!

  • Reggie Mateo

    Reggie Mateo gave props (29 Oct 2008):

    This photo is hot!

  • Cody Austin

    Cody Austin said (29 Oct 2008):

    Thanks Reggie!

  • Anthony Nazzaro

    Anthony Nazzaro gave props (9 Nov 2008):


  • Romain Chassagne

    Romain Chassagne gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    nice shot

  • Traci Howard

    Traci Howard gave props (11 Dec 2008):


  • Alexandra Zimmer

    Alexandra Zimmer (Deleted) gave props (17 Dec 2008):

    so powerful. i love it.

  • Kanokporn Thana-ananwong

    Kanokporn Thana-ananwong gave props (22 Dec 2008):

    Great shot!!!

  • Ryan Cobb

    Ryan Cobb said (25 Jan 2009):

    it makes you wonder what he is walking into

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (15 Feb 2009):

    STRONG COMPOSITION ... Greetings from Romania, Alexandru

  • Stephanie Castellana

    Stephanie Castellana gave props (17 Apr 2009):

    i love it!!!

  • Ali Alkhudair

    Ali Alkhudair gave props (22 May 2009):


  • Mike Taing

    Mike Taing gave props (20 Jun 2009):

    fantastic shot

  • Mai Vu

    Mai Vu said (21 Jun 2009):

    wow amazing pic so much emotions n we don't even see his face!!!

  • sebastien querec

    sebastien querec (Deleted) said (21 Jun 2009):

    The impact of this picture is amazing!

  • ashton gosnell

    ashton gosnell gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    you couldn't have captured this moment any better. purely amazing. :)

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (24 Jun 2009):

    X-cellent work Cody!

  • Matthew Tagerty

    Matthew Tagerty said (1 Apr 2010):

    Heros cat.

  • dan shepherd

    dan shepherd gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    good picture.

  • uLah photograph

    uLah photograph said (1 Dec 2010):

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww !!

  • Jeanne Sheridan

    Jeanne Sheridan gave props (3 Dec 2010):

    awesome shot

  • John Lever

    John Lever gave props (11 Dec 2010):

    Great capture - just super.

  • Rhiannon Jones

    Rhiannon Jones gave props (14 Dec 2010):

    I love this.

  • Pablo Barilari

    Pablo Barilari gave props (9 Jan 2011):


  • Noah Pellatt

    Noah Pellatt gave props (22 Jan 2011):

    Great Shot!!, This Should Be Published!!!!!!!! Voted!!

  • Cari Hill

    Cari Hill gave props (10 Jan 2012):

    well done

  • Claiborne Bassard

    Claiborne Bassard gave props (13 Jan 2012):


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