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This is a record of my favorite photographs, more because they are my attempts to try to make sense of the world than for any other reason. Like any would-be artist, my enduring hope is that my work survives me. I suppose it will, whether or not anyone sees it. I am glad that you’re seeing some of it now. First off, the name: Firewing Photography refers to my photographic renewal, so to speak. While I was an ardent photographer in my youth, I largely gave it up for “real life” until 2006, when I purchased my first digital camera after a decade away from photography. I’ve been in love ever since.
This site’s Home page serves as my “blog” with individual posts showing up there automatically. You can click on any image to see a larger version or the see the post in detail. Click on the Slideshow link to see a slideshow of some of my favorite shots. In addition, the Portfolio page breaks down my work into more-precise categories, should you be interested. Since I’m largely a street shooter and interact mostly with others, I’ve segregated my Street Photography into its own page, which operates just like the Home page.
I’ve been shooting street since I was 12 years old, inspired by trips to the library to view every photographer I could find, as well as my great-uncle, who was lethal with his black-and-white Polaroid and my grandfather’s slide adventures through 1950s war-torn Korea. Though I’ve never been inspired to follow any particular shooter’s style, I’m drawn to the likes of Garry Winogrand, Henry Gruyaert, Joel Meyerowitz, Dorothea Lange, Robert Frank, Vivian Maier, and Helen Levitt.
Much of my work is from my hometown, Washington, D.C. and in its surrounding suburbs, where I live. However, I’ve also done extensive work in New Mexico, the UK, and during visits to Paris, Spain, Italy, and other locales.
In addition to street, I photograph landscapes, animals, cityscapes, and anything else that moves me. Although photography is my 3rd love (next to my wife, Maria, and writing) the passion hasn’t diminished. Maria and I also teach and promote street photography and other arts via our website RawNakedArt.com. I now shoot mostly with Fujifilm X100T, Fujifilm X30, and Fujifilm X20 cameras. However, my portfolio includes shots from my big Nikons (D600, D300) and the Nikon D90, Ricoh CX3, Minolta X-700, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, and Kodak Z740 that I’ve put out to pasture or given away.
Bill Jones, Jr.
Germantown, Maryland, USA