Author(s): Roberts Ward
This debut book by Australian photographer Ward Roberts is the culmination of a four-year project documenting sporting courts and fields across the globe. Roberts' colour-drenched images operate as both playful documentary studies and intriguing formal propositions. Whether set against a backdrop of Hong Kong's pastel high-rises, London's manicured gardens, or the concrete and brick palette of Melbourne and New York, the photographs prove striking for their linear properties and urban contexts. At the core of the work, Roberts frames the court as a kind of “neutral zone”, a site of shared experience and understanding that has the potential to transcend cultural and socio-economic circumstance.