March 22nd, 2012
3/22/12-Something Historical–Team Travel Early 2000s with Leica M6-Photography by Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers
I bought my first Leica in 2000…an M6 with 35/2 lens and shot behind the scenes in black and white film. Between the lines is only so interesting photographically that I wanted something else. Given my access by the organization, I felt it important that I record Dodgers life off the field as well. I learned this by watching my friend Michael Zagaris, team photographer of the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland A’s and all of his behind the scenes black and white images of the 49ers during the Joe Montana, Jerry Rice era. Baseball is such a long season and anything I can do the capture the organization in a different light I will.
In a private holding area at LAX prior to departure Jim Tracy, Bob Daly and Vin Scully relax waiting to board flight back in 2001. ©Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers
Getting ready to get off the plane left to right–radio engineer supreme Mike Noto, Ross Porter (with the original way to huge roller bag), Manny Mota, Jim Riggleman and Jim Lett. © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers
Manny Mota and his wife Margarita on another flight in 2001. © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers
Rick Monday and the late, wonderful Stu Nahan sit on the bus in Pittsburgh in 2001. Dave Wallace sits behind them with Bob Mariano behind him. I believe it is Murph from Fox Sports next to Mariano. © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers
And these two have been traveling together for a long, long time. Vin Scully sits next to retired team traveling secretary Billy Delury in Pittsburgh 2001. © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers
As much fun as it is to photograph our players on the field, I find as much joy in shooting everyone else along the way since it is a history of humans I want to record. These behind the scenes will continue as long as I am allowed to.
With tremendous regret I have moved on from the film Leica M6 to the digital Leica M9. To keep up with the hungry needs of our impatient society who crave immediate viewing of everything through social media, I can no longer have film sit in the can until I return from road trip. I hope to return to shooting black and white film someday….but not really. I wouldn’t know how to shoot a camera without being able to look at the back of it for review. JS