If I could play pool a little better for every time I saw a photo of a pool table
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...I would shark everybody. I could buy a small nation.
No, wait, hold on. I'm not actually criticizing anyone who's ever taken a picture of billiards, ever. I'm not. Let's face it, there's lots of reasons the game makes for fun subject matter: lots of bright colors in one place, there could be action or it could be still, the playing field is almost built for bokeh and other matters of depth of field, and a bunch of spheres with easily-recognizable printed patterns which easily convey a sense of perspective... I could go on. Hell, this isn't the only billiards shot that I took on this roll, and I've got other shots on other rolls, both 35mm and 120, man you don't even know.
But whenever I get a roll back and I look at the shots of pool tables, I can't shake the feeling that I've seen that shot before. The memory of a thing is not the thing, undoubtedly, but maybe every memory of billiards is the same memory of billiards.
I have rolls of unscanned film stacking up in my three-ring binder, because I can't motivate myself to edit them down and spend the time at the computer getting them digitized, because they're all starting to feel the same. I have to start doing something different, I think. Either that or find new ways of looking at what I have. And yet, I've gone on a couple out of town trips and have been shooting like crazy. Could be that I'm just overwhelmed with all the work of it. That's my own fault.
Anyway, this was taken in Chicago, at a place that wasn't there when I moved away, not far from where my old apartment, that's basically a cafe with internet access and a billiards hall on the side of it. You can get a mocha latte and play Cutthroat. I love places that work on unusual combinations.
Taken with my now-usual LOMO LC-A+, Agfa Vista 35mm film, 400 ISO.
Also by Jason Schupp
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