Photo Essay

Summertime Ball is a photo essay following the story of a young girl and her dog trying to find a soccer ball in a large field in Fort Collins, Colo. The essay was completed on July 13, 2019 as a final project for a digital photography course from Colorado State University. All photos by Brooklyn Matlock.

Summertime Ball

Suzie and Diego the dog enjoy the sun on a typical summer afternoon in Fort Collins, Colo. on July 13, 2019. They prepared to explore the field and play some fetch. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f6.3.
Suzie, 12, tries not to think about starting seventh grade in the fall as she enjoys the summertime weather. After posing for this photo, she expressed some anxiety about growing up. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f6.3
Suzie finds a dandelion in the field. She wondered if making a wish would help ease her fears. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f5.6
Suzie wishes summer will slow down so she has more time before school starts. She hoped to enjoy more summer days like this one. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f10
Diego, the 1-year-old lab mix, patiently waits for Suzie to play with him. Then, Suzie remembered why she came to the field. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f6.3
Finally, Suzie throws the ball as far as she can, so Diego can fetch it. Diego chased after it, but could not get to it before it landed somewhere unknown. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f6.3
Suzie watches as the ball lands too far away for Diego to catch it. She resolved to help him find it. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f6.3
Suzie and Diego trek up the hill to search for the ball. They thought they might be able to spot it from the top of the hill. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f6.3
As Suzie studies the trail ahead, she regrets throwing the ball that hard. She wished Diego had caught it. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f6.3
From the top of the hill, Suzie takes in the view of the field. She was scanning for something colorful in the distance, but what she found was not what she wanted. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f6.3
She sees this sunflower standing tall in the field. Suzie thought it was a beautiful flower, and she wanted to get a closer look, hoping they would eventually spot the ball along the way. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f4.5
In that field, Suzie discovers the ball hidden in tall grass. She immediately picked it up. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f6.3
She jumps for joy. Finally, the ball was found, and their day was saved. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f6.3
She shows Diego the ball. He immediately wanted to play again. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f6.3
Suzie and Diego bask in the afterglow of the day’s adventure. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f8.0
The sun, back out from behind the clouds, encourages Suzie and Diego to enjoy summer for a while longer. Photo by Brooklyn Matlock. ISO 800, 1/4000, f8.0