Assignment Ten: The Boys of Summer

Assignment Ten

Baseball… played the world over, this game is one of heroes and villains, intrigue and skill.

“The Boys of Summer” is a term used for baseball players, and I think a play or movie too. No matter, we are using it as the title of this assignment.



“Ray. People will come, Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. “Of course, we won’t mind if you look around”, you’ll say, “It’s only $20 per person”. They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they’ll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They’ll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they’ll watch the game and it’ll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh…people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.”

– Terrance Mann – “Field of Dreams”

Just read that paragraph again for visual ideas. And that is where you draw your inspiration, your muse so to speak. I want you to dig down deep and make a photograph that illustrates this paragraph, or a line in the paragraph or something YOU think SHOULD have been in the paragraph.

It’s about baseball, summer, ‘the game’, competition and the mystical allure of a green grass field and a small spherical object.

Specifics… oh yeah, there are specifics.

1. The shot must include a baseball somewhere in the frame.

2. Still life or a portrait.

3. Color.

4. Vertical.

5. This is to be a “Made” shot, not a taken one.

This will be an easy assignment if you let go of preconceived notions and false parameters. You must make a vertical color photograph that contains a baseball and is either a portrait or a still life. I would say ‘think outside the box’ but… you guys are pretty good at that. So I will say… knock my socks off. Knock the socks off of the other contenders… make this shot the one where you break out if you have been challenged lately. And if you have been hitting it pretty well, swing for the fence and hit a homer.

Assignment is due on Friday, April 19, by 7PM PST.
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Author: Don Giannatti

I have been a photographer, art director, creative director and designer for nearly 40 years. The experience both behind the camera and behind the desk hiring photographers has given me a unique set of tools for working with photographers. Project 52 grew out of a frustration with the boards and forums that seem to be more about personalities than the actual work of being a commercial photographer. I am not famous, and I have no aspirations to be... but I know what the hell I am talking about.

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