Dear 2015, thank you! Thanks for a wealth of unforgettable memories. Continuing on the momentum built up in 2014, I hit the road with my camera gear documenting basketball around the world. From New York to L.A., the Bahamas to Mexico City, or Gersh Park in Brooklyn to Hoops in the Sun at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, I’ve witnessed the best that basketball has to offer and I savored every moment. I put together a brief video slideshow featuring some of the highlights of 2015 that I’m happy to share with you.
One of the biggest benefits of being a photographer has been the relationships that have formed along the way; I’ve met some incredible people and I am grateful for every single person who has sat, ran, or even jumped in front of my lens and especially to those who have entrusted me to craft their vision with my creativity.
The HoopHall Classic is an annual basketball showcase that features some of the top high school basketball programs across America over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. NCAA coaches from all of the most coveted programs descend on Springfield, MA to recruit their next classes of primetime players or diaper dandies as the inimitable Dick Vitale might put it. In 2015, I teamed up with the Basketball Hall of Fame to create portraits of the game's next class of hopeful inductees.
When I was contacted to be featured in a pop-up exhibition called Raised Gallery during All-Star Weekend in NYC, I was amped. When I found out the location was to be the world famous West 4th Street Court I was in awe. I shared the gallery with New York Sunshine, Adam Lister, Justin Leonard, and my good friends Kevin Couliau and Bobbito Garcia, co-directors of the documentary film Doin' It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball NYC. Temperatures were well below freezing on the night of the opening, but that didn't stop New York from checking out the artwork in The Cage as the court is so affectionately known.
I spent some quality time in 2015 roaming the sidelines of Jordan Terminal 23 where I have witnessed some memorable games, to say the least. If you missed my 2014 recap, which you can revisit by clicking here, I highlighted my adventures on the sidelines of Terminal 23 from that year—and there were plenty.
In 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend traveled to NYC and Jordan Terminal 23 was the hottest stop in Gotham. I photographed Christ The King standout hooper Rawle Alkins and created some dramatic portraits with him. Chris Broussard of ESPN made an appearance while he was in town to cover All-Star Weekend and he can hoop! I also had the chance to create my shots from the sidelines while Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo prepared for the dunk contest. That brother can fly! I had a great time teaming up with Jordan Brand for All-Star Weekend in NYC. The events they put on were second to none.
I traveled back up to Massachusetts for a photo shoot with Milwaukee Bucks guard and 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams. The images from this shoot ended up in Kicks USA stores in Philadelphia, PA. MCW was great to work with, his energy was high the whole time despite shooting on a super hot and humid day with little cooling on location. I might as well have been hooping the way I was sweating out there, but the final images made it all worth it.
Too much to cover in one post as I look back at 2015, but I will tell you all about my annual tour of the summer basketball scene in NYC during the summer of 2015 among the many other highlights of the year in the next post. Stay tuned!