A well manicured field in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.

A well manicured field in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.

It all began years ago while I was up in a rented helicopter capturing aerial shots for a client. From the air, you can see dozens of ball fields. While flying over cities, suburbs, or farmland, that familiar diamond shape jumps out.


Baseball diamonds are a bit like snowflakes … the shape is immediately recognizable but no two are exactly alike. I admit that photographing ball fields from on high is a bit of an obsession. As a kid I was really into following baseball, especially the Pittsburgh Pirates. Now I capture diamonds from the air. 

A field in North Philadelphia.

A field in North Philadelphia.

The sizes, colors, conditions and surroundings varies greatly. Baseball fields can spring up on virtually any piece of land--from a gritty North Philadelphia vacant lot to a manicured university turf field.

This field is faintly visible like a ghost. Notice how there is less wear as you go from home to third base.

This field is faintly visible like a ghost. Notice how there is less wear as you go from home to third base.

In contrast to photographing buildings from the air, ball fields are exceptionally flat. The character traits of a given field are etched in the terrain, whether it’s sand, grass, dirt or synthetic turf. Others are circular from base-rounding wear and tear that show a field’s age like tree rings in a stump.

Baseball can be played anywhere there is an open field.

Baseball can be played anywhere there is an open field.

Two fields in Camden, NJ under construction, with new grass seed recently sprayed on the left.

Two fields in Camden, NJ under construction, with new grass seed recently sprayed on the left.

Softball fields lack the inner field grass of baseball fields.

Softball fields lack the inner field grass of baseball fields.

I love the rings of the grass mowing, like tree rings.

I love the rings of the grass mowing, like tree rings.

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