This Game We Play is an ongoing series started by French photographer Franck Bohbot when he first moved to New York. Just about every neighborhood throughout the city has at least one community basketball hoop where neighbors and friends can meet to compete in a friendly game or just shoot around for fun. This observational project highlights the single hoop structures that are placed directly within different urban environments and serve as a central point for local gatherings.
In is signature style, Bohbot isolates the main focus, the hoop, and creates meditative compositions that include not one single person. Rather than becoming distracted by the chaos and excitement of a game, Bohbot invites us to observe the object as a single entity and to contemplate the stories behind it. Viewers can study the subtle differences ranging from the distinct backdrops and styles of court to the rusted poles of older hoops and the fresh paint of the newer hoops.
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