I’ve always had a hard time liking baseball. Try as I have, I guess it’s just too slow moving for me. Interestingly though, some of my favorite movies are about baseball, “Field of Dreams”, “The Natural”, and “Bull Durham” are movies I can watch again and again. I also enjoy shooting baseball, you have the time to plan for particular shots, depending on the game action and what you think might happen next. While in Missoula a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot a Missoula Ospreys minor league game. It was an assignment for a workshop I was attending and there was a catch, I could not shoot the game but had to look for “moments”. With that assignment in mind I began to formulate a shot list of photos I would like to find and take even before arriving at the game.
I’ve always noticed and admired the devoted fans I see at baseball games who keep score. They record every pitch, hit, out, etc. They are usually at every game and often are older gentlemen. I decided to see if I could find one of these guys and photograph him in the moment of recording. It didn’t take too long to find one. He was sitting right behind the dugout.
I wish I could get into the game as deeply as these real fans do, but until I can no longer hold up a camera, I think I’ll just continue to shoot the action and the moments.