FEEL­ING IS THE THING THAT HAP­PENS IN 1000TH OF A SEC­OND

BY CHRIS­TIAN RYAN, RIVER RUN ,“”•

Inside Sport - - INSIDER -

The ti­tle might be a tad un­wieldy, but that prob­a­bly comes from this book’s in­tent – in ex­am­in­ing the works of noted cricket photographer Pa­trick Ea­gar, Feel­ing is try­ing to con­vey the power of these im­ages in words.

Ryan, one of cricket writ­ing’s fore­most stylists, re­traces the course of Ea­gar’s work over the 1975 sea­son. This pe­riod was bound to pro­duce – and apolo­gies for us­ing the shop-worn term – an iconic set of pic­tures, as the figures of Thomson, Greig and the Chap­pells ra­di­ate off the page. We re­mem­ber the time as one where tele­vi­sion made its move in cricket to be­come all-con­sum­ing; it’s some­thing of a re­minder of photography’s power to cap­ture the moment. It’s a theme of an­other su­perb cricket book from the past year, Gideon Haigh’s Stroke Of Ge­nius, which went into the his­tory of Ge­orge Bel­dam’s en­dur­ing photo of Victor Trumper, “Jump­ing Out”. In an interview with In­side Sport, Haigh noted the es­sen­tial dif­fer­ence be­tween view­ing the still im­age ver­sus the mov­ing – with the photo, the view­ers bring their own mean­ing to the im­age, rather than be­ing told. It holds true with Ea­gar’s ’75 pieces – you can see Viv’s con­fi­dence, Dougie be­ing la­conic, Dickie Bird’s lev­ity. The feel­ing may hap­pen in that split-sec­ond, but the ef­fect is longer last­ing.

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