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Ursula Sprecher & Andi Cortellini

Poodle Club © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

Ursula Sprecher & Andi Cortellini

BDSM Regular’s Table © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

People with shared interests have gathered to celebrate their hobbies for a long time now. Basel-based photographers Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini have expressed some of the most hilarious iterations of this pack-animal tendency with their series of staged portraits, HobbyBuddies, published by Kehrer Verlag.

Sprecher and Cortellini carefully staged each picture, choosing a specific number of club members to pose on a constructed set to portray an imagined reality of these hobbyist groups from the outsider’s perspective. So, the depiction of the St. Brandan Scout Section (seen above) doesn’t indicate that the members actually hide in the bushes during their meetings. Luckily for us, the photographers have derived this imagined reality from their own imaginings about the clubs, to striking and fantastic effect.

HobbyBuddies releases in the United States in November 2014. 

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

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Rubinia DJanes © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Butchers’ Friends Society © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Photo Club © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Dintefisch Diving Club © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Children’s Chess © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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St. Brandan Scout Section © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Boardgames Club © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Camping and Caravanning Club © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Coffee Cream Lids Swap Meet © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Film Appreciation Group © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Friends of the Tattoo © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Santa Claus Group © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Tupperware party © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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Warriors Cheerleaders © Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini

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