Bill Bambeger shows us the world through the perspective of basketball hoops in his playful project which highlights the universality of sport. Wanting to prove that anywhere can be transformed into a basketball space, the project gives us a unique peek into the heart of communities from all around the world.
Fancy yourself at basketball? Well you’re not alone on that one. HOOPS by Bill Bamberger shows how the sport is played all over the world, and also how it’s played in places that you wouldn’t think it would be all that popular.
Above all, it just shows the variety of communities across all ends of the globe from Rwanda to Paris, and Arizona to Namibia. They may seem to be different beyond comparison, but one thing they do share is a love of the hoop.
The stunning backdrop of craggy mountains in the background give a pretty good view for those playing on this court in the hot box of Sedona, Arizona.
Bamberger contrasts this with the cold, concrete slab with a little basketball hoop attached at a grain silo in Portland, Oregon.
Although he took most of the shots in the US, he went all over the globe to capture as many varied communities as possible. The project, which is currently on an exhibition in Washington DC’s National Building Museum, has certainly reaped the rewards of it too.
They say a picture can say 1000 words, and that is no more true than with this project, as despite there being no people in any of the photos, you can perfectly imagine the communties, culture and the people that use these courts.
Capturing this church in Rwanda, where you can pray and shoot some hoops side by side!
Here in Mexico City he highlights the urban environment with the court right at the heart of the large block of flats. It must be said that it is quite surprising that there were absolutely no people in sight, creating quite an eerie feel in the picture above.
“Although the game’s standard equipment is simple and well known, Bamberger’s colour photographs show us that the permutations for a basketball court and backboard are nearly endless,” said a statement from the museum.
“The design and construction of these spaces reveal as much about the communities in which they reside as they do about the game itself.”
Above he continued his travels in South America, here capturing the vibrant colours often associated with the continent, as the sun beats down on this primary school in Guatamala.
Still the hoop stands tall with this more haunting picture with a backdrop of an abandoned school bus in a backyard of a house in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.