Brooklyn-based photographer Ward Roberts has revealed his latest project – his second book, entitled Courts 02. The book, with whimsical and poetic photos of sports courts, was shot on location in Hong Kong, Brooklyn, Bermuda, Melbourne and Hawaii over a two-year period.
'I’m very visually driven. I’m drawn to colours. I like my work to have a conceptual dimension to it, but I really want it to be visually interesting as well,' explains Roberts. 'I want to make images that are beautiful to look at, so I try to be mindful of everything, to consider how the different aspects of the image communicate with each other.'
In addition to the 76-page book (complete with foreword by Village Voice and Art Forum critic Jennifer Krasinski), a limited-edition trio of posters is scheduled to launch in mid-June, to coincide with the US Open. 'I wanted the series to bring up a certain nostalgia for childhood and for playing sports with your friends,' he says. 'I felt so much excitement in these locations; I wanted other people to feel that too.'
Asking the photographer why he decided to choose courts as his subject, he said: 'I feel an innate energy in this space. I don’t know what it is, I don’t know why I’m drawn to it, but I know that I had to do something with it.'