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.

11 responses

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (29 May 2008):

    Very cool shot

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (29 May 2008):

    yes, there are a lot of billiards photos out there, but if its any consolation, I knew this one was yours before I saw your name. There's nothing wrong with having a strong sense of style.

  • Devin Hayes

    Devin Hayes gave props (12 Jun 2008):

    LOVE this! great, great colors!!

  • Adam Teixeira

    Adam Teixeira gave props (25 Jun 2008):

    Haha. I still like the "now-usual" LOMO. Good stuff!

  • Tammy Espino

    Tammy Espino gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    Great pov & capture :)

  • Jason Schupp

    Jason Schupp said (27 Jun 2008):

    Thank you, everyone! Struan, I like that idea, I might shoot a roll specifically for that purpose.

  • Scott Baker

    Scott Baker   said (28 Jun 2008):

    It's a nice shot. It's true, the pool table is full of photo opportunities. In my case, I love the game. This makes it a little different, as I try to capture something that is meaningful to me.
    I did my first photo essay (http://www.jpgmag.com/stories/2045) on jpgmag on this subject.
    I sometimes feel like I am in a rut with my photography. This place is a good one to help with that because there is a lot of variety and experimentation.
    Anyway, I like your work. Maybe you are thinking to much.

  • Chris Piazza

    Chris Piazza gave props (29 Jun 2008):

    It's working for me!

  • Gary Hughes

    Gary Hughes gave props (6 Jul 2008):

    nice light!

  • Ben Collins

    Ben Collins gave props (30 Jul 2008):

    I like the contrast here! Makes the green stand out...

  • steve waterfield

    steve waterfield (Deleted) gave props (7 Oct 2010):


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