The Strangely Calming, Pastel-Coloured Basketball Courts of Hong Kong and New York

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The Strangely Calming, Pastel-Coloured Basketball Courts of Hong Kong and New York

Friday December 30, 2016 Written by Garry

As a tourist, it’s easy to become transfixed with a city’s skyline. And with a city like Hong Kong, which boasts a dazzling and expansive cityscape, the temptation is often to turn the camera upwards to the impressive structures that reach far into the sky.

Sometimes it takes a local’s knowledge to fully explore the less-obvious facets of a city, and despite being one of the world’s most densely populated cities, Australian photographer Ward Roberts’ memories of his childhood in Hong Kong revolve around its open urban spaces.

To be more specific, the various outdoor (and occasionally indoor) sport courts Roberts spent part of his childhood playing on with children from various countries and backgrounds.

In Courts, the city’s colourful basketball, soccer, and tennis courts seem open and inviting, and its  apartment buildings seem far less domineering when sat in the background.

In Courts 02 Roberts expands his gaze to not just Hong Kong but Bermuda, Hawaii, New York and Melbourne, where he finds new hues to capture, and more compositions to play with thanks to the different urban landscapes.

Now based in New York, you can still get your hands on Roberts’ court works in book form or check out more of his portfolio over at his website.