Inventing a sport is a creative endeavor, wouldn’t you agree? And it’s one that becomes especially blog-worthy after you play said sport in real life.
Jeremy, a friend, recently invented what he calls “photosniping”. The rules are simple:
• Find a large area (park, field, small island, four city blocks, etc.) and set a time period.
• Gather some friends (any number).
• Get them all to bring their cameras (any kind).
• Say “go!”.
• Sneak/run around the area trying to take photos of other players without their noticing. It takes collecting one photo of every other player to win (though rules change for larger groups).
The original plan was to play in a large park, but it rained; the walk would have been tiresome and the park muddy. We scouted locations, and decided that a parking garage could work, but only on a weekend (because you’d need it to be empty, but you also need daylight). I think it would also be fun to play at a large event among a huge crowd (Canada Day in Ottawa, for example); it would be like a day-long, festive, “Where’s Waldo?” game—this would be especially fun in teams (of two or three, say).
We settled on a cemetery: it’s a clearly defined space with plenty of hiding spots. I felt uneasy about stepping on actual graves (though I’m not exactly sure why), and I found it was possible to avoid the actual graves.
Here are my best captures:
Our game lasted about an hour (I think?), and we finished up right as the cemetery’s gates were being closed for the night.
If you are even an occasional fan of “Capture the Flag”, “Manhunt”, or “Camouflage”, you will have fun photosniping. If you are not an athlete, but still like sneaking around sometimes and being outside, you will have fun photosniping.
Way to invent an awesome sport, Jeremy!