Studio Still Life Photography…”Play Ball”

April 23, 2018 § 4 Comments

Catchers Mask and Glove

I love all the major sports, but when it comes to combining my photography and my love of sports, one sport stands out above the rest, and that’s baseball. There’s so much more history, more stories, and much more equipment.  As for still life photography, baseball is literally a gold mine!  All of the equipment is rich in texture, and the earthy colors are beautiful.  Added to that are the vibrant colors of baseball cards, uniforms, logos and pennants.  I’ve been collecting sports memorabilia for over 20 years now, most of which is baseball memorabilia.  The advances in design of gloves, bats, and catchers equipment has steadily evolved over the ages.  The stories and history of some of the men (and women during WWII), are some of the most entertaining of all American entertainers and celebrities, but that’s a blog for another time.  My inspiration for my baseball photographs are Charles M. Conlon, who did some of the most amazing baseball images in history in the early 1900’s, all while carrying around an old bulky view camera and glass plate negatives.  My other inspiration is a little more recent…Terry Heffernan, my friend and fellow alumni from the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland.  Terry was the first, and possibly still the only photographer to be allowed to “set up shop” in the Baseball Hall of Fame to shoot a series of still life images of equipment, uniforms and some personal items belonging to some of baseball’s immortals!  Anyhow, on to some more  of my images.

Bats, balls, and canvas equipment bag

Catcher’s Mask and Mitt, and Baseball Cards From The Early 1900’s

Catchers Equipment…known as the “Tools of Ignorance”

Early Cleveland Indians

Baseball Shoes and Very Early Base

My Opinion: “Shoeless Joe Belongs In the HOF!”

Thanks for looking!  Play Ball!


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