When the Cleveland Indians hired Pat Johnson to create the cover of their 1993 media guide, it was a dream come true for the bay Area shutterbug and Cleveland expatriate. His love in life is Cleveland Indians baseball, and his collection of Tribe memorabilia is so extensive that he was able to provide much of the stuff in the cover shot.
Johnson, who also shoots cover for several Bay Area teams_including the NHL Sharks, NFL ’49ers and MLB Giants-likens his Indian’s image to a puzzle. “The big items,” he says, ” are s focal point at first, but two weeks later, you’ll find other things hidden in there.” It’s sort of like one of those “Where’s Waldo?” cartoons in which you’re challenged to find the intrepid traveler amongst a maze of activity.
Johnson says that a-close-to-home element is also critical to his Tribe cover photo: “My father had some of those pieces, and his father had them too. It hits everybody!