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A Phototgraphy Exhibit by Michael Schaer 

Opening Reception MJ Schaer 5. 5x5 Flyer



My journey into the photographic world began in a rather unplanned, unorthodox manner, having no prior formal education or training as a photographer. My original career plan was to become an Architect, but the Vietnam War intervened and I was developed into a U.S. Navy photographer, thus altering my life’s course. My minds eye was turned from creating architecture on velum, to capturing and creating images on film in a highly successful career in commercial photography, with a portfolio spanning over three decades, encompassing all professional and college sports, and dozens of company - corporate clientele and as a freelance cinematographer with NFL Films. My passion for the arts also inspired an additional career of designing and owning successful art galleries in La Jolla, San Francisco and Napa Valley, California.

Upon retiring from the art gallery world, the lure of the camera, combined with my love & passion for the outdoors drew me back to my roots of Photography.

My pursuits now consist of photographic challenges, capturing familiar and not so familiar subjects through an insightful eye, seeking out that captivating photographic image.

“I categorize my photography as the “Art-of-Freeze”©, referencing to the cinematography term, “Freeze Frame”, a single frame depicting a motionless image. I am driven by a desire to visualize, capture and finalize that one-of-a-kind image, an instant in time that otherwise would never be seen again”

“The most important element of a camera lens is the eye behind it”


Learn more about Schaer by visiting his website at:

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