Capturing Sports History
Freshman journalism major Nicholas Cammett stood along the third base line during Game 1 of the World Series on Oct. 25, 2016.
“The minute I stepped out on the field, there was a camera every three feet,” Cammett said.
He, too, had a camera in his hands. From the third base line, Cammett said he could capture photos of the players and the fans. He described the atmosphere as thrilling and emotional.
“You know that you’re going to get good photos no matter what happens on the field,” Cammett said.
Cammett attended the game to take photos for Baseball America magazine. From a young age, he worked as his father’s assistant in the field; the Cammett family owns Diamond Images, and Cammett’s father was the lead sports photographer for the Cleveland area. Since his father passed away this past spring, the Kent State freshman has been fulfilling the role.
In doing so, Cammett has experienced the Cleveland Indians’ World Series journey. After winning Game 1, fans worried if weather would delay Game 2. The game went on, but the Chicago Cubs took an early lead, which changed the mood of the stadium according to Cammett. Once the game got interesting, it was engaging.
“You’re just waiting to see what the next big moment is going to be,” Cammett said.
Cammett was not able to travel to Chicago to take photos when the series moved to Wrigley Field, but he did return to Progressive Field for Game 6 - and now Game 7. Going into the final game of the season, he hopes to add championship celebration photos to his portfolio.
Although Cammett has professional experience, he said he chose to come back to earn his degree to improve his skills.
“I came here because I don’t know everything, and I want to be the best at what I do,” Cammett said.
He explained that Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) has helped him ease back into the college environment and is helping him fine tune his photography skills.