Photography site of CJaM – Craig James McCormick.
My particular style of photography is that of an observer, whether in my own backyard or somewhere far flung (when i can afford it). I like to watch life unfold in front of me and if I see an interesting juxtaposition of people, or a decisive moment in time, I’ll grab it on film or digital sensor.
I took my first ‘street photographs’ in Denver, CO. in 1984, not even knowing there was such a genre called ‘street photography’ at the time, and since then I have travelled the world with a camera in hand to document what I see.
Whilst I like seeing beautiful landscapes (and taking the occasional shot) and major tourist attractions, taking pictures of them alone doesn’t do anything for me really. I like to have the element of people involved in 95% of my pictures; those people interacting with the landscapes, tourist attractions and the streets and countryside of wherever I happen to be.
Originally from Michigan, I now reside in northern England and work in the technology industry, doing my photography at the weekends and days off.
In Michigan, I got the photography bug in my early teens, but it got more serious when I got a job of doing the candid and sports photography for my high school yearbook for a couple of years when I was about 16 – 18 years old. The picture shown is one of those shots, taken circa 1981 on the school’s Pentax K1000. This particular shot was put into a local art competition whilst I was in high school as was exhibited in a group show.
I have been a pro photographer at various times. A military photographer in the 80′s and a freelance documentary & wedding photographer in the 90′s. My pictures have been published in more than 30 different business magazines and newspapers.
Personally, I am a loyal Nikon user and 2012 is my 30th anniversary of using Nikons as my SLR of choice. I bought my first brand new Nikon, an FM2, 1982. For the most part, apart from an occasional image taken with a 645 or 4×5 camera, the shots on this site have been taken with Nikons ranging from FM2′s, F3′s and the more modern shots – my D300.