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Photographer & Author: Tammy Lechner
Home Page: www.stillpro.com
All images presented in this slide show are available for sale as custom prints for display purposes only. Please contact us regarding your interest in ordering a custom print. State the image name, size of print and framed/unframed. NOTE: Available framing is black aluminum with white matting. All prints will be signatured. Inquire for cost on prints larger than 16 X 20
All images presented in this slide show are published in the book: IN THE CAL: Pastime Goes Primetime In California's Minor League.
About the exhibit project:
"IN THE CAL: Pastime Goes Primetime In California's Minor League," is derived from a photodocumentary book project exploring the simple aura and uncomplicated spirit of professional baseball at its most unspoiled professional level for both fans and players.
Photographed and written by freelance photojournalist Tammy Lechner, the project focuses on "The California League" (Class Single-A, minor league of 10 teams in California) and shows that the beauty of minor league baseball lies within its intimacy and accessibility.
Over the course of seven seasons documented by Lechner (1989-'94 & 2004) many young stars climbed the proverbial ladder and made it to the major league "show", but that was not her focus - she did not set out to find and follow the "star" players
Instead, Lechner's camera was in search of the unexpected, candid, natural moments that occur within and around the game of baseball at a grass roots level. Not the slide into second base or the winning run at home plate not the championship game or the all-star player but rather, the every day reality of minor league baseball pure and simple.
As change continues to come to the California League, with
new stadiums and more sophisticated marketing of the game, Lechner's
images remain to remind us of what life in the minor leagues
was like once upon a time
Lechner returned to the California League in the summer of 2004 to update her original work (produced from 1989-'94) specifically for this exhibit at John Wayne Airport. She notes that over the span of these 15 years, her photography changed from black and white film, to color film to digital film. Meanwhile, change continues IN THE CAL as well a few new teams, new logos, new stadiums, and of course, players and major league affiliations that continue to change from season-to-season. Yet, the game of Single-A baseball and its purpose remain the same it is still the beginning of the professional baseball player's hopeful journey to the major leagues and it is still a daunting task to make it to the top of the sport. Statistics show that only 2 players out of every 25 advance successfully through all levels of the minors to the major leagues.
In addition to updating the project's content to reflect the
California League of today as well as yesterday, Lechner was
assisted by business partner Adrienne Helitzer (STILL Productions,
Inc) in producing this show, and collecting memorabilia from
Cal League fans and teams to add greater depth and reality to
the exhibit. While the memorabilia on display is not intended
to be a comprehensive collection of what exists, it is what was
possible to gather together within a 2-month time frame.
As guest curator for the "IN THE CAL" exhibit, STILL Productions, Inc would like to acknowledge the following organizations and individuals whose contributions and efforts helped to make this presentation possible:
o Coordination of exhibit presentation:
o Sponsorship of exhibit update:
o California League Maps
o Digital printing by Easter Aquino
o Framing by Mirage Frame, Santa Ana
o Major League caps
o Memorabilia donations from: