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Mike Sroka photograph

©2010 Mike Sroka

Mike Sroka spent several years as a photographer with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Now, in a Victoria premiere, Sroka’s multi-media presentation “To Fly” takes viewers behind-the-scenes to what it was like to train, travel and fly with the Snowbirds.

Pre-registration through Camosun’s Continuing Education department is required for this event, scheduled Saturday, September 18, 2-4:30pm at the Lansdowne campus. The cost is $25 plus HST, and includes refreshments. Register now...

“For me, it wasn't simply about flying or taking pictures,” says Sroka. “It was about meeting people and telling their stories. It was about putting smiles on faces at both air shows and hospitals across North America. Although I have to say, it is definitely a rush taking pictures while upside down or in the middle of a loop with jets all around you!”

Snowbirds: Behind the Scenes with Canada's Air Demonstration TeamMike Sroka's Snowbirds photo gallery...

Sroka invites fans to bring their copy of his book, Snowbirds: Behind the Scenes with Canada’s Air Demonstration Team, to the September 18 event if they’d like it autographed.

Snowbirds: Behind the Scenes with Canada’s Air Demonstration Team is one of 56 new courses in Camosun’s lineup of Continuing Education classes this fall.

Mike Sroka's Profile

Mike Sroka has been a commercial photographer in Canada and the United States for more than 25 years. His work has appeared in more than 40 major publications and he has produced photographic images for more than 200 national and international clients including Harley-Davidson, Miller Brewing, Diet Pepsi, Cadillac, S.C. Johnson, Firestone, and Marriott Hotels.

Photographer Mike SrokaHe was the Manager of Photographic Services for the National Safety Council in Chicago, is a published author, and was an official photographer for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. He was also a senior photography instructor at the Alberta College of Art and Design and taught at the University of Calgary.

As a recipient of Alberta’s Foundation for the Arts grant, Sroka’s fine-art work has appeared in various galleries, and is found in several private and corporate collections.

Work from his public exhibition "West/Southwest", featuring First Nations subjects, was the basis for the Siksika Blackfoot Bicentennial Project and used for the cover of the book, The Unconquered Hearts.. His coffee table book, Snowbirds: Behind The Scenes With Canada's Air Demonstration Team, is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Canada's military aerobatic team.

Last updated: August 23, 2010 8:21 am

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