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Marge Shaffer’s ‘Photo Soup’ on display at NOVA-Manassas

September 21, 2009

Photographs by Marge Shaffer, including "Water Drenched Steps in Anacapri, Italy" (shown), will be on display at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College until Nov. 7.

“Photo Soup,” featuring pictures taken by Marge Shaffer during travels around the Bahamas, Canada, Italy, Panama and the United States, will be on display from Sept. 23 to Nov. 7 at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

Shaffer’s lifelong attraction to photography began with a Kodak Brownie box camera. “Taking imperfect snapshots of childhood friends and family was fun,” she said. “However, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I became genuinely interested in photography as an art rather than solely for the hard copy memories.”

Moving into the digital realm may have been the impetus. Shaffer credits digital photography and photo editing software with helping her produce captivating images. “It is virtually impossible not to take a good picture with today’s wondrous technology,” she said.

A member of the Manassas Warrenton Camera Club, Shaffer has won several awards for her photos but still considers herself an amateur thirsty to learn and improve. Seeing first-rate imaginative pictures by experienced photographers inspires her. She enjoys weekend or vacation shoots with family and friends and says she’s “always watching for that elusive extraordinary shot.”

Shaffer has worked at the Manassas Campus for more than 30 years, currently as an instructor in the computer labs, and she often uses her photography skills to document campus events. When not at work, she is active in Occoquan where she lives. As an accomplished pilot, Shaffer often takes flying trips with other members of the International Organization of Women Pilots, always with a camera tucked into her flight bag.

A reception in Shaffer’s honor will be held on Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Colgan Hall gallery space. To learn more, contact Randy Michener at or 703-257-6532.

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