Hobby Buddies: Ursula Sprecher And Andi Cortellini’s Weird And Wonderful Photos Of Clubs

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Swiss Garrison (Serving the 501st Legion). Photo © by Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini are obsessed with people’s hobbies. The two Swiss artists have spent the past seven years traveling across their native Switzerland photographing gatherings of like-minded people in a myriad array of interests and niche groups.

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Poodle Club. Photo © by Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

In one frame, neatly dressed majorettes demonstrate the synchronization of a dance troupe. In another, members of a tram club peek their heads above trolley platforms. No matter the subject matter, there’s something aesthetically and emotionally fulfilling about seeing these precisely arranged people standing proudly amongst their peers, happy to pose for a hobby they must love. Even the image of the Butchers’ Friend Society turns the grotesque appearance of raw meat into a token of the group’s unity.

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Merriment Pipe-Smokers’ Club. Photo © by Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Butchers’ Friends Society. Photo © by Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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The Astronomical Association. Photo © by Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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St. Brandan Scout Section. Photo © by Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Camping and Caravanning club. Photo © by Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Friends of the Tattoo. Photo © by Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Warriors Cheerleaders. Photo © by Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Tram Club. Photo © by Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Municipal Fire Brigade. Photo © by Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Dintefisch Diving Club. Photo © by Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Children’s Chess. Photo © by Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini