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Join the Club with Ursula Sprecher + Andi Cortellini’s Adorable Photography

Whatever your weird and wonderful Thing is, there's a club for you.

By Jasmine Crittenden
June 10, 2014
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By Jasmine Crittenden
June 10, 2014
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One of the beautiful, beautiful things about living in a pluralistic society is that you can turn pretty much any cause, interest or activity into your raison-d’etre. Gather a few like-minded mavericks around you, and call it a club. Create a website and you’re an international force to be reckoned with.

That’s right, you need never feel alone again (no matter how odd you are). Because on some far-flung corner of the earth, there’ll be a club for you. For example, are you ridiculously smart? I’m not talking about matching up to those sub-standard wannabe intellectuals over at Mensa. I’m talking about meeting entrance standards for The Giga Society. Only one in a billion people qualify.

But if you’re more, let’s say, run-of-the-mill, how about sharing your passion for poodles? Or your penchant for swapping coffee cream lids? Or your need to dress up like Santa Claus, even in February? Or your fancying of pigeons? Or your love of, simply, getting naked?

Photographers Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini have made it their mission to capture some of the world’s most fun, eccentric and cutest clubs; collating them in a coffee table book titled Hobby Buddies. In every staged portrait, club members are shown holding the object most important to them, wearing the costume (or lack of costume) that gives them common ground or taking part in their favourite activity. According to Sprecher and Cortellini, the series is inspired by the "joy of pursuing a common cause or shared idea".

Camping and Caravanning Club

Camping and Caravanning Club

Swiss Garrison

Swiss Garrison

Dintefisch Diving Club

Dintefisch Diving Club

Tram Club

Tram Club

Tupperware Party

Tupperware Party

Santa Claus Group

Santa Claus Group

Warriors Cheerleaders

Coffee Cream Lids Swap Meet

Coffee Cream Lids Swap Meet

BDSM Regular's Table

BDSM Regular's Table

Orchid Club

Orchid Club

Association of Scientific Preparators

Association of Scientific Preparators

Board Games Club

Merriment Pipe-Smokers Club

Merriment Pipe-Smokers Club

Via Beautiful Decay. Images by Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini.

Published on June 10, 2014 by Jasmine Crittenden

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