When Gabe Angemi became a full time firefighter at 24, he thought he had to give up photography. But he shoots more now than ever.
Angemi — who posts to Instagram under the name @Ange_261 — is a photographer and second-generation fireman from Camden, N.J., one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in the country.
He shoots while responding to calls as part of the department's Rescue Company, which responds to everything from industrial accidents to the brutal homicides that afflict the once prosperous city.
The photographs offer a rare perspective for street photography, literally. Many of them are taken from high up, from perched atop of a speeding fire engine.
The engine rolls through neighborhoods of blighted homes and crushing poverty. His feed is punctuated with bursts of flame, tense police stand-offs and carnage that first responders regularly witness.
"I view it on a daily basis with my own eyes, my cameras, the fine people I work with, and the rest of the city—many of whom, like me, understand how it got this way," Angemi told Vice Magazine. "For me, viewing it through my cameras and showing people what’s going on is my way of telling the story and asking for help, I suppose."