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Bobcats, Eric Payson’s first monograph, is a touching and timeless ode to the game of softball as it is lived and played by the Bobcats, a team of teenage girls based in Tucson, Arizona. With extensive access to their daily routines both on and off the field, Payson has created an intimate portrait of the physical and emotional dramas the girls experience as athletes on the team. His photographs explore the dynamics of the group and the isolation of the individual. Whether the girls are being instructed by their coach, playing around during breaks, idling along the sidelines, or flexing their muscles, Bobcats illustrates how the sport unites the girls in triumph—and in failure.
“We may never know whether the young girl is holding her head in her hands out of fatigue or dismay. We may never discover who the mustachioed man in sunglasses and wearing a cowboy hat is. Nor will we ever find out if the batter, over whose shoulder Payson took two shots, ever hit the softball hurling toward her. But then, it doesn’t matter. What matters are the ordered arrangements of fact that Payson assembles so well.”
—Robert A. Sobieszek
Posted June 6, 2005
This is the most uncreative contemporary photography i have seen. I didn't think human beings could be portrayed in such an uninteresting and emotionless set of images. Truly awful stuff. Think twice before picking this one up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.