AN EYE FOR THE ESSENCE OF THE GAME

July 11, 1976

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.

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

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)