Fans of America’s pastime know that the game of baseball is much more than just a game – best described as an experience that you can see, hear, and taste. In a riveting new photo series for The New York Times, Atlanta Braves team photographer Pouya Dianat captured the team’s run as they inched closer to the playoffs using an infrared camera – resulting in photographs that contain a certain artistic brushstroke of a seasoned painter. Dianat’s thoughts on the project can be seen below.
As the Atlanta Braves’ team photographer, I have the opportunity to capture the hot Southern days at Turner Field, where getting to watch baseball every day is like a dream. To preserve that feeling, I used an infrared camera to make these dreamlike images — it’s as if someone poured cement over the game. The pictures’ starkness reminds me of the simplicity of a game in which events are unpredictable, outcomes are unbelievable, and boys grow into men right before our eyes. As autumn’s cool breezes bring the playoffs to Atlanta, it is nice to have these vestiges of summer and grasp at the last few weeks of America’s pastime.