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A photograph from the exhibit.
A photograph from the exhibit.

Noonball, up close and on film

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You may not see art in a bunch of sweaty guys playing pickup basketball, but Peter Nelson did. Nelson is a photography professor at St. Lawrence University. He recently moved to the North Country and started playing "noonball", lunchtime basketball that's become a tradition in college and community gymnasiums nationwide.

As a way to get to know his new community better, Nelson staged photographed portraits of the players. The results are on display in a new exhibit called "Two Point Perspective" at SLU's Brush Art Gallery. Nelson will give a talk at a gallery reception tonight at 7:30. David Sommerstein produced this audio montage of the artist and his subjects talking about noonball meeting art.

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One of the many portraits, of Steve "The Commish" Papson.

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