by AUSTIN BELL
There is no place like Puerto Rico, the last major colony of the United States. The island’s idiosyncrasies extend to its surprising plethora of basketball courts. In his court hunting there, Austin Bell found a mix of radiant colors, extreme weathering and occasionally stunning murals that encapsulate the beauty and plight of Puerto Rico’s existence.
Austin Bell is a photographer from North Carolina who has shot over 2,400 basketball courts across the world, with specific focuses in Hong Kong, Puerto Rico and New York City. Austin captures them from all angles: aerially, through fences or at center court. The courts fascinate him because of their color, symmetry and ubiquity, becoming a unique lens to the places in which they are found. However, because of his terrible jump shot he prefers shooting photos to baskets.
By Austin Bell
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