If you have ever seen a mesmerizing overhead photo of a basketball court, chances are one of them were taken by award winning photographer Petra Leary. Courts of the World talks to the New Zealand born aerial photographer about her passion for photography, background in playing hoops herself, favorite photos, and her best cities to shoot down on.
You have so many different targets for your aerial photography, but you have focused mostly on basketball courts. Why the interest?
Yea, you’re totally right about that! I like to change things up every now and then and am always down to take photos of new subjects. But the courts (Especially the Basketball Courts) are for sure my favourite! I’ve been asked a few times why and what it is that draws me to them, and I keep thinking if there is something else to it, but I really just put it down to the symmetry and geometry that comes with them.
There are basketball courts everywhere. At Courts of the World, we have already put over 35,000 on our map. Most streetball courts resemble each other. They have similar surfaces, similar hoops, and are in similar locations. Then, there are those that just don’t fit the norm. Something makes them incredibly unique. Here’s a look at 10 such courts from around the world.
We have started our own Instagram page. Find us at @basketballcourtsworld for some of the best basketball court shots around. Tag us to be featured or slide us a dm. We will be integrating and highlighting many of our most popular photos and video posted to the .com.
Non-profit organization Project Blackboard worked with the local community to revamp Kinloch Park‘s basketball courts. With a newly paved court and new hoops, the final touch of the unique court was done by artist William LaChance to give it an award-winning look.