By Michael Shroyer
Michael Shroyer holds two degrees from Virginia Tech, a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. While pursuing those, he developed a passion for photography and worked for the Collegiate Times and the Virginia Tech Athletic Department. Upon graduation, he spent 8 years working as a freelance photographer in the New River Valley for various clients including The Roanoke Times, Getty Images, USA Today Sports Images, The Associated Press, The New York Times, and Google. In his free time he enjoys hiking, biking, spending time in nature, as well as watching and participating in various sports. In August of 2020, he relocated to the Pacific Northwest and currently resides north of Seattle in Anacortes, Washington.
My photographs in this show reflect the artistic space where my two passions, sports and nature, intersect. Working as a professional photographer does not always allow for creativity in the day to day work, so I truly relish the moments in nature and on a sports assignment where I’ve been able to push beyond the boundary of a simple snapshot. This is accomplished by using a different lens or shutter speed, finding the right light, or simply a different editing technique. I enjoy keeping my camera on hand so I’m ready to capture unexpected moments and present them in unique ways.