NORTH ANDOVER — The sports photographs in an upcoming show at THEIA Studios in North Andover are bathed in light, color and action, kindling memories for the initiated sports fan, creating memories for others.
Damian Strohmeyer, the photographer whose works are being shown in the exhibit, “A Lifetime of Sports Photography,” is a sports lover.
He played the games in school and has stayed connected to athletics in 35 years of shooting sports including football, basketball, baseball, hockey and track for Sports Illustrated and other publications.
Strohmeyer pauses by one of his works at a recent photograph hanging session, positioning pieces on a gallery track, preparing for Sunday’s opening.
The photograph shows a boyishly happy Tom Brady pumping his fist after a touchdown strike.
Strohmeyer can tell by the light in the picture, which is warm, an orange warmth, that the photo was from a game in Indianapolis, against the Colts.
In another photo, muddy football-player legs stand in a herd formation at Foxboro Stadium, the picture taken before the field was converted to an artificial surface and the stadium renamed Gillette.
In another photo there’s a Patriots player making a snow-angel after a score.
There’s New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree making his perfect-season-ruining helmet catch in the Super Bowl against the Patriots.
There is a college running back flying lengthwise over a clash of linemen.
There’s a promising Native American distance runner approaching the lens, a long narrow road behind him.
There are two Native American basketball players playing one-on-one in August 1987 at sunset on their reservation. The hoop is hung from a tree stripped of branches, the sky receding in the background into swirling blue foreverness.
“In this exhibit, you celebrate the beauty, the emotion, the way sports has become part of the American culture,” Strohmeyer said. “Sports is so big it has become its own world in the culture.”
Gallery co-owners Lori Muller and Jodi Feil said people would normally have to go into Boston or a larger gallery to see photographs of the quality Strohmeyer is showing.
“They come to life in this show because Damian is here and can give you the back-story to the images,” Feil said.
Strohmeyer has shot the World Series, NCAA Basketball Tournament, World Cup, Stanley Cup, Olympics, and 27 Super Bowls. His work has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated 70 times.
Strohmeyer is married to Joanne Rathe, a Boston Globe photographer. They have three children.
The genesis for the show was plans for a Damian Strohmeyer photography workshop. The THEIA owners will host the workshop in May.
It will be a day-long gathering with field work and hands-on help from Strohmeyer.
Cannon and Big Picture Custom Framing in North Andover are sponsoring both the gallery showing and the workshop. Participants will have a chance to try high-end equipment at the workshop.
IF YOU GO
What: Opening reception for "A Lifetime of Sports Photography"
When: Sunday, March 15, 3 to 5 p.m.
Where: 47 High St., Suite 104, North Andover
How: Free. Call 978-712-9278 or visit www.theia-studios.com.