Join me THursday, July 1st at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute for a reception for the exhibit "Rickwood - The Color of Baseball." it contains photographs from my many trips to Rickwood Field, celebrating its 100th anniversary, making it the oldest ballpark in the country. Ahmad Ward and the staff at the BCRI have done a tremendous job coordinating this event. My sincere thanks to everyone at the BCFI. My thanks go out for David Brewer, Lamar Smith and the board of directors of "The Friends of Rickwood." If you can't drop by, send me an email.
After several weeks of feverish activity, I am within shouting distance of shipping my exhibit "Rickwood-the Color of Baseball" to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Do mostly happy photographs of baseball belong in one of the most content disturbing museums in America? Rather than wrangle with that thought, I am just going to go with it and do what I have always have done...do what I do....July 1st there will be a reception. It will be fun. Just like baseball. If it wasn't fun, I wouldn't be able to do what I do....
His image became a homing device for me.....the safety razor ad at Rickwood Field had been there since to movie "Cobb" was shot in 1991. Painted from "movie paints" that weren't meant to last very long, the old beared Ansel Adams of a figured endured for almost twenty years until a newer ad, a paying ad took its place.....I was mesmerized by the old guy and took many pictures of him. Maybe I will do an exhibit of every single one of them so I can fit in with the mostly spineless photographers of today. He was replaced with the image that you see here....Vulcan, a symbol of old Birminghamm emerging from a baseball.