This post originally appeared in 2009. Thought it would be a good idea to run it past everyone again as a reminder for a stocking stuffer this Christmas season.
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New Photography Collection Pays Tribute to The Orange Bowl
Scott B. Smith Offers a Glimpse into History, Sports and the Memories of the Game
JUPITER, Fla. – Old programs, pins and photographs – the remnants of good times long gone by but recalled at a moment’s notice by these mementos of the past. In a fitting tribute to Miami’s Orange Bowl Stadium, one of the country’s oldest and most famous football venues, photojournalist Scott B. Smith has amassed an astounding collection of photographs that record the vitality and history of this storied stadium in his new book, The Orange Bowl: A Photographic Journey & Architectural Survey (published by AuthorHouse).
“The Orange Bowl. To a kid growing up in Miami, getting a ticket to a game there was awesome. Sneak in? Never. (It was quite easy…)” Smith writes. “I recall like it was last week, walking up those oh-so-steep ramps and still see the light blue air against the night sky. The field of dark green grass. The enormity of the place. Blue air, you ask? Remember – everyone smoked in the ’50s. It was a night game. Hey, I was nine.”
The Orange Bowl Stadium was put to rest in the spring of 2008, but not before Smith captured the Miami landmark from every possible angle, taking time to find every architectural detail from the seats, the ground and even in aerial shots. In The Orange Bowl: A Photographic Journey & Architectural Survey, Smith records his own experience at The Orange Bowl, over the course of his early life and through his career.
As a child, Smith enjoyed football games with his parents and godparents, tailgating and being a “water boy” and ball boy for the University of Miami Hurricanes. In later years he returned as a sports photographer to shoot for CaneSport and Husker’s Illustrated, but in 2008 he revisited The Orange Bowl for the last time, before its demolition, as an architectural photographer who could appreciate the classic, functional design of a stadium of a bygone era. “The book is not about football so much, but a visual memory for the scores of fans who may not have realized the last game attended would be their final time in the stadium,” Smith writes.
In a stunning collection of images from a true fan, The Orange Bowl: A Photographic Journey & Architectural Survey offers a piece of history and a glimpse into fond memories of the stadium that readers of all ages can appreciate and remember for many years to come.
Scott B. Smith is a native of Miami and currently lives in Jupiter, Fla. He is a professional photographer with a wide variety of project work in architecture, design and fine art. Smith is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, The American Institute of Architects, the Association of Independent Photographers and the Stock Artists Alliance. For more information, please visit http://www.scottbsmithphoto.com/.