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    Posted April 17, 2014 by
    Chicago, Illinois
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wrigley Field memories

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    Pinhole Photography At Wrigley Field


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     pollard71 told me, 'I loved the history. Walking the concourses and sitting in the (slightly uncomfortable) wooden seats, I felt like I'd traveled through time. I loved knowing I was seeing the same sights, smelling the same smells, hearing the same sounds as every person who's attended a game at Wrigley over the last 100 years.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Two years ago, my best friend from college and I decided to start an annual baseball road trip. Wrigley Field was our first stop.

    I’m not a baseball fan, but I LOVE to watch live baseball. Growing up in Nashville, without a major ball team, I never swore allegiance to a single team. On our road trips I always support the home team (much to my friend’s chagrin…he’s a Braves fan).

    With the road trip planned, I decided to start a project to shoot pinhole photographs of every MLB ballpark. Pinhole photos are taken without a traditional lens. The camera is just a plain box with an absurdly tiny hole to allow light in. It usually takes several seconds to shoot an image. It’s a very old form of photography. I see baseball as a very old form of sport. It’s a good match.

    Wrigley Field was the first stop on our first road trip. It was the only “must-see” park on my list. Growing up baseball-less, I based my understanding of ballparks on what I’d seen in movies. I was elated, walking the concourses, feeling the wooden seats, seeing the ivy-covered walls—Wrigley fulfilled every ballpark fantasy I had as a kid. This is how baseball should be seen…and how sweet to capture pinhole photos on a medium (film) only slightly older than the park.

    Sadly an usher was suspicious of the camera and of me. I explained the camera and what I was doing. I explained that I'm a photographer. But I put the camera away. When I went to get some beer he approached my friends and asked if I was with them, asked what I was really doing, asked if I was legit. Since it was the trip's first park, I was discouraged and wondered if I'd run into similar problems at the remaining parks (five to go). Luckily I didn’t.
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