Bull City Summer: Camera Obscura

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Bull City Summer: A Season at the Ballpark (Teaser) from Ivan Weiss on Vimeo.

A video teaser by Ivan Weiss, with camera work by Kate Joyce, featuring Leah Sobsey’s equipment. Bull City Summer exhibitions are forthcoming at the North Carolina Museum of Art and The Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh. The book will be published this spring. Preorder now from Daylight Books.

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Bull City Winter: Christmas Shopping, or The Law of the Instrument

Monday, December 16, 2013
Shelley Duncan

Shelley Duncan. Photo by Kate Joyce.

Why put anything on this website at this late date? Bull City Summer is long over. All that remains is the book and the exhibition: the memorial.

As George Mallory said of another mostly unvisited site, “because it’s there.”

Also, some days you feel bereft of all your tools but the most basic, which calls to mind another old maxim: When your only tool is  a hammer… (everything looks like an essay about Triple-A).

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Last Chance to Contribute!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Want your name in the Bull City Summer book, to be released February 2014 by Daylight Books? Today’s your last chance to contribute before the book goes to the printers! For the full list of rewards for your donation, go here.

We want to thank you for your support throughout the season. The book and our exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art are both taking shape, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results!

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Pitchers & Catchers: The Battery, Part Two

Friday, September 13, 2013

Photo by Kate Joyce.

Two days after the interview I published Wednesday with Durham Bulls pitcher J. D. Martin and catcher Chris Gimenez, I asked Gimenez a few more questions about handling pitchers. I wanted to hear him talk about how he works with pitchers he doesn’t know as well as he knows Martin. I started out by asking Gimenez about Bulls right-handed starter Matt Buschmann, whom Gimenez had caught earlier that night (and who starts tonight against Pawtucket).

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BCS in American Photo

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

American Photo has a great write-up of the Bull City Summer project:

“The project is not trying to capture something in general about the nature of baseball, but rather the specific things that make this particular team, along with its stadium and its fans, special.”

Check out the full story here.

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Durham Bulls beat Indianapolis Indians in game one of playoffs

Thursday, September 5, 2013
hanging hair

Photo by Kate Joyce.

Great playoff baseball. A small, tuned-in crowd, a taut pitcher’s duel, and the most scintillating pair of at-bats of the season. The Bulls scored the game’s only two runs in the eighth inning and then hung on through a tense, bases-loaded ninth to win, 2-0 and take a 1-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo opened his post-game comments with a question: “Is it okay if I call it a nailbiter?” He was laughing (and so were we), somewhat at his own expense, because Montoyo knows that “nailbiter” is the word he nearly always uses to describe close, tense, high-blood-pressure games.

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Back in Time, Part One: The Executive

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Durham Athletic Park, 2013. Photo by Kate Joyce.

As the season draws to a close, and the run of days slows and grows autumnal, now seems like a good moment to look back at some early settlers of what we now take for granted as Bulls country. This is Part One of a four-part series of interviews and profiles. It’s also an unforeseen expansion of the Paris Review Daily piece I’ll be publishing on Wednesday, September 4, about the most exciting game I ever saw, which took place at the old Durham Athletic Park on September 4, 1984.

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Photo of the Day: Groundskeeping

Friday, August 30, 2013
Scott Strickland on tractor

Photo by Kate Joyce.

Heading into the weekend and the post-season…

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Photo of the Day: Pre-Game Prep

Monday, August 26, 2013
hosing field

Photo by Kate Joyce.

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Blue Monsters in the Bull City

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Blue Monster

Photo by Kate Joyce.

The Green Monster, a thirty-seven foot wall snatches home runs from hitters like a dragon gobbling up knights seeking fame and glory. It lives in Fenway Park in Boston. I’ve watched this monster vanquish many would-be heroes on Sports Center highlights via ESPN. Like most who prefer blue pinstripes to red socks, I’ve loathed the damn thing. But all monsters are not the same. The Green Monster has a blue baby brother approximately 707 miles to its south and I LOVE this beast.

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