Odilo Lawiny - Handmade soccer balls

  • Photographer
    Brian Hodges
  • Prize
    People Photographer Of the Year
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Louisa J. Curtis The second I started to look at this series it brought me such joy. Beautifully done and I love how the photographer caught the character of each boy and how their soccer balls matched both their character and colors! Loved it.

  • Company/Studios
    Brian Hodges Photography
  • Date of Photograph
    Feb 2020
  • Technical Info
    Leica S

Miles from the main roads in rural Uganda, soccer balls bounce unevenly. Playing fields are arid, lush, weedy, sandy—any flattish space will do. Some feet are bare, others shod in fraying sneakers, boots, or rubber sandals. Yet children kick and chase handmade, lopsided balls with skill and abandon, competing for pride and joy—for the sheer pleasure of playing. The balls are spun into being with whatever’s at hand: rag or sock, tire or bark, plastic bag or banana leaves. Made entirely of recuperated materials, they give another life to something that would otherwise just be thrown away.

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