Ward Roberts : Courts

Like a pop song with melancholy lyrics, the series Short Of New York's Ward Roberts is a paradox. Behind urban spaces in pastel colors immortalized, the photographer represents the isolation of the modern Man through shots of deserted sports grounds.

Since 2007, armed with its faithful device, Ward Roberts layered glossy places of sports architecture throughout the world, from Hong Kong to Hawaii. Whether basketball or football, each terrain photographed confronts a brutal and frank structure with soft tones.


Exploiting both the geometry of these gathering places and their colorimetric nuances, the artist captures the beauty of a daily life to which we no longer pay attention. The singularity and the paradox of his work resides in his way of showing empty these parcels nevertheless dedicated to a collective activity. The only witnesses of life are dry clothes at neighboring windows, or weeds emerging from the cracks, as if the men were now cloistered in their homes.

The omnipresence of the geometric lines and the size of the surfaces further isolate the spectator, who feels lost in the face of the void conveyed by clichés. Ward Roberts not only captures architectural elements, he gives them meaning, thus illustrating the nothingness in which contemporary society plunges.

A series which, despite its seductive colors, forces us to pose for a moment to reflect on the world in which we evolve.

To learn more, visit The site of Ward Roberts

Photographs: Ward Roberts

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