This year I was asked to make a series for the Amsterdam firebrigade. The heroic image of a firefighter is indeed a romanticised stereotype, but for them at times a hard reality, where romance is far out of sight. Even my own children have an ideal image from the life of a firefighter. For the realisation of this series, I wanted to find a resemblance between myself and the ‘firefighter. It was sleep. At night I sleep, as a potential victim in peaceful ignorance. The firefighter is sleeping too, but the alarm changes his roll from a passive dreamer in to a most effective lifesaver. With the unprecedented abrupt disruption of an innocent world into a world full of danger, I hope to awaken you, the viewer, as well – as a metaphor.