Golf balls all look generally the same on the outside–a textured white surface with a tiny little logo on the side. However, did you ever consider what material makes up the interior? Out of curiosity, Ohio-based photographer James Friedman decided to cut a ball in half and when he did, he was pleasantly surprised by what he found. After slicing open about 20 different balls, Friedman discovered that the inside of each golf ball was more unique than the next. As a result, he started to document the intriguing world of bold colors and circular patterns with his camera.
The results are this project, Interior Design, which documents the vibrant interior layers of a golf ball. Friedman says “To my surprise, what I found inside inspired me to consider that I could discover, in the unlikeliest of places, elegant formal qualities and surprising metaphorical possibilities.” Friedman organizes the images into a grid, presenting each cross-section as both a single entity as well as part of an interactive, abstract design. Viewers will find themselves easily engaged in the colorful visual patterns, quickly forgetting that the objects once served as actual sports equipment.