Title: Sean’s Portrait.
As a photographer one rarely finds inspiration in the form of another photographer so close to home… and then there is Sean Lancaster.
Sean is not only a fellow TEDster (people who attend TED and TEDx events), but he’s a professor at Grand Valley State University, has a love for all that is coffee, and yes the man likes to take photos… well not only takes photos, but takes really good photos.
I first caught wind of Sean’s photography after stumbling onto his flickr stream. For those of you not familiar with flickr (www.flickr.com) it’s an online photo community that I not only troll daily, but actively post photos up to and it’s super addictive. I remember being instantly attracted to how he photographed people. He understood street photography and I loved how he carried that raw street feeling to photographing the people around him. The second thing I noticed was that he was a Sony NEX user and was then intrigued by the quality of shots that he was getting and needed to see more. Yes, I’m a nerd like that… always looking at the gear one uses. Sean not only rocks out the images on his NEX, but he is pushing the limits of that camera and for me I can’t stop watching him exceed those boundaries.
So yes, I stalked his photo stream like a crazy person! I jumped for joy to see that Sean attended a gallery talk and some photo walks I lead around the city. It was from those events that I knew I would need some one on one coffee time with him… I needed to take the time to find out his story. We did what all photographers do… we grabbed our cameras and headed to a local coffee shop. Interestingly enough photography was a minor part of our conversation as we talked about everything from the arts to living in Grand Rapids. We played a little GR-Bingo and found out that we shared a lot of friends, and then tried to figure out why we did not meet sooner. Photography was discussed and I’m pretty sure I will be one blamed when he upgrades to a full frame sensor DSLR, it bound to happen - I sense these things!
At the end of the day I was glad to have finally had the chance to meet him and I have a feeling that there will be many more cups of coffee in our future. I also look forward to having Sean in my circle of friends… he is totally the real deal!
Sean’s flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/jayhawk
Photo above taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III outfitted with their new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens.