David Calvert: My Reno Aces: Minor League Baseball in the Biggest Little City
About The Exhibit
Reno Aces team photographer since the club’s inception, David has photographed nearly 300 baseball games. Inspired by the sport and its surroundings, it has shaped the way he sees. This show is a collection of his photographs from the club’s eight seasons.
From Melville’s pen to Rockwell’s brush, the relationship between baseball and art is celebrated by many of America’s most popular artists. But it’s more than a muse, it’s also a mentor.
In the 1920s, in an effort to save money, Branch Rickey and the St. Louis Cardinals invented the farm system. In addition to providing the club with more affordable talent, it created a pipeline for prospects. By controlling a player’s instruction and development, the organization could better gauge a player’s major-league ability. Talent like Stan Musial and Enos Slaughter, emerged—homegrown—from the system.
With Rickey focusing on development, the Cardinals won five National League pennants and two World Series titles.
David too, has developed—and not just as a photographer—at the ballpark.
Like many young children, David grew up with a glove—covered in oil and bound with a band—under his bed.
Baseball taught him to fail: even the best ballplayers—and he wasn’t—strike out frequently. In a creative endeavor like photography, failure is experience. And through that experience an artist is able to find their voice.
His photographs serve as the club’s visual record. They voice stories—big and small—that show what makes baseball an enduring pastime. They capture joy and defeat, the sensory details of the game and the knowing moment when an athlete’s minor-league dream becomes and big-league reality.
The photos in this show were chosen for their significance to club and its history, their aesthetic use of light and composition and because they represent something, that to David, is greater than art or sport, growth.