None But My Own (1), Silver Gelatin Print, 24 x 20“, 2008

Centa Schumacher

Artist Statement

There are times when self-control, the medium of the level-headed, can be destructive. The binds we place upon ourselves can become so tight that our very existence is painful.


Using her camera as a tool for exploration, Centa Schumacher searches nature and herself for insight into the world around her. A special lens made from old camera parts gives her a unique perspective and helps her create images that hover somewhere between reality and the sublime.

Centa, like many of California’s Bay Area residents, is a transplant. Originally from a rural area outside of Fresno, California she is still influenced by the farming community that was her original home, but has an increasing attachment to her new residence in San Francisco. Centa has exhibited her work throughout the Bay Area, including SOMArts Gallery in San Francisco and Kalied Gallery in San Jose. She recently received a BFA in Photography from San Jose State University.