Think of a hobby, any hobby. No matter how strange, obscure or humdrum it is, chances are good there’s a club for people who share that interest or activity in common. Swiss photographers Ursula Sprecher and Andy Cortellini spent seven years traveling around Switzerland visiting sixty different clubs to create an awesomely fascinating series of staged portraits entitled Hobby Buddies.
Sprecher and Cortellini say that the images are dedicated to the “joy of pursuing a common cause or shared idea.”
For Sprecher, who had long had the idea for the project, working with the hobbyists was mutually inspiring. “We always felt like guests in their passion, and they were guests in our work,” she said. “Some people do something and spend time on their interest for many years. It’s very serious to work on something for that long.”
Here you see the Poodle Club, Star Wars Club, Hat, Piper-Smokers Club, Dintefisch Diving Club, Association of Scientific Preparators, Majorette & Show Dance Troupe, Butchers’ Friends Society, the Santa Claus Group, and the St. Brandan Scout Section.
Joffrey Baratheon, costume appreciation.