Sean McCormick

I’m a lifelong Albertan who prefers towns to cities, cats to dogs, books to sports, and tea to coffee. My first camera was a No. 2 Brownie given to me at age five by my grandmother. This was a mistake as the film and processing costs resulting from this new obsession nearly drove her into bankruptcy over the next two years. Forty-nine years later, I still own my first camera along with a large collection of antique film cameras and 35mm SLRs.

You can usually find me wandering about the walking trails in Strathmore, Alberta, with at least one camera in hand (but usually more). I’m always on the prowl for the next image and the local waterfowl wish I would just bugger off. Only a very small sampling of my photography is available on my website:

I am a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and an artist member of The Vault Cultural Collective in Strathmore, Alberta.


Here are a few facts about me:

  • I have been using a camera for most of my life, but was frustrated that I couldn't get the photos to look like what I was "seeing".
  • I took the NYIP course in my early thirties and it helped me nail down how to use a camera and how to compose images - things took off from there.
  • What I really love is when I can show people new ways to look at areas they take for granted and are almost bored with because of their familiarity. It's the coolest thing when you can capture that perfect moment in the most ordinary place and make people's jaws drop open because they didn't expect to see it like that.
  • I enjoy trying to keep using my older digital cameras in new ways such as taking multiple images with them for use in a larger composite image created in Photoshop.
  • I used to be a professional photographer, but it sort of sucked all of the fun out of my hobby. I quit doing it professionally so I could enjoy it as a hobby again.
  • People may see me photographing using a photography drone as I enjoy the elevated perspective. Everyone is used to seeing everything from ground level so the aerial landscapes make the familiar engaging in a different way.
  • Locals may also notice me buzzing around on an eScooter for shooting. It lets me get from one location to the next quickly so that's how I can photograph the start of the sunset at Gray Park and the last of it at Kinsmen Lake a few minutes later. 


Flickr Portfolio (fine-art work)
Instagram (just-for-fun snaps)