Photographer hits a HOME RUN in his last days at the studio.
The New Year is a new beginning, whether you want one or not. This is especially true for my photography studio. The New Year brought new owners to the building who had different ideas for the space. Unfortunately for me, those new ideas don’t include leasing the space to a local photographer. I dragged my feet as long as I could, but eventually had to clean up and move out. This space was my first studio, outside of my own home, and I loved it dearly. I’ll spare you the sappiness.
Since I had my lights up and equipment readily available I thought I might as well put them to use before I pack them up and move them out. I did just that…
But first a little background...
There is a subset of baseball fans out there who appreciate the game for what it is and also for what it WAS. They (We) are a special kind of people; Vintage Ballists. We play the game how it was originally played in the 1860’s. Back when the players weren’t paid, the bases were homemade, and the plate was just that...a metal plate. The ballists often went by nicknames; used wooden bats and a ball very similar to the modern baseball, but wound with yarn making is slightly softer; the playing field was anywhere open (trees, bushes, fences and the like were often considered in play); and gloves were something you used in the winter. That’s right, NO GLOVES ALLOWED; not for the catcher, not for the first baseman, NO GLOVES.
This game is still played today and I’m sure you know someone who knows a Vintage Ballist. We pride ourselves on historical accuracies. Many spend hours a day scouring the web looking for old newspaper clippings of articles written about local games. Our uniforms are fashioned after the uniforms of the era and we try to use the jargon of the times. So it seemed fitting that I do an impromptu photo shoot dressed in my vintage uniform and using some of the awkward poses that were used at the time. **Google image search “19th Century Baseball” It’s very entertaining**
Though sports cards were not popular till the 1880’s, I decided to create my own using the photos from this shoot. Most cards were released by tobacco distributors in the area, so I needed to find a local tobacco company in the area at that time. “May-Flower Chewing Tobacco” out of Detroit, Michigan was company I decided to go with and here’s the final product; 1867 base ball cards of "Bones" Chase of the Walker Tavern Wheels from Brooklyn, Michigan.