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Wrigley Field memories
Pinhole Photography At Wrigley Field
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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.