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AN EYE FOR THE ESSENCE OF THE GAME

July 12, 1976
July 12, 1976

Table of Contents
July 12, 1976

Wimbledon
Uncommon Success
Smilin' Jack
Baseball
Golf
Gymnastics
Boxing
East Germany
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

AN EYE FOR THE ESSENCE OF THE GAME

The creator of this photographic portfolio has undertaken a poet's task. By reshooting still photos and television pictures of baseball through sheets of textured acrylic and glass, he has stripped the images of all but the essence of their action. At left, a pitcher on a TV screen loses his personal and team identity when refracted through pebbled shower glass, and his windup becomes The Windup. At right, a photo shot through translucent plastic turns the moment of impact between bat and ball into a burst of light.

This is an article from the July 12, 1976 issue Original Layout

From close up many of these photographs would appear to be abstractions of light and color, but at a greater distance they become the familiar vignettes of baseball—such scenes as a pitcher taking a sign, a runner leading off base, a full speed, one-handed catch in the outfield.

Photographer Gove grew up in pre-Giants San Francisco, when keeping up with major league baseball was an exercise in imagination. His passion for the sport was nurtured by re-creations on the radio, the crack of unseen bats in stadiums of the mind.

TEN PHOTOSGEOFFREY GOVE