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The Park is My Church

If we take into account the narratives, sacred stories and spirituality surrounding basketball culture, it makes no doubt the sport should be considered as a religion.

The regulars share a lifestyle, beliefs and all commute on the same universal sanctuary : The Park.

No matter its location, the functions are the same - physical outlet, education, social integration - but its holy dimension resides in its capacity to heal wounds, like an outdoor confessionnal with a hoop as the priest.

As an active member of this community, I started capturing these heavenly visions in 2004 - from my hometown in France to more than 50 cities across the globe - highlighting the hallowed architecture and landscape of each playground. This endless photographic pilgrimage of mine is my reverence to basketball.

- I'm a believer.

Manhattan, New York City

Manhattan, New York City

Iceland

Iceland

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, New York

Manhattan, New York City

Manhattan, New York City

Kampala, Uganda

Kampala, Uganda

Chicago, USA

Chicago, USA

Iceland

Iceland

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Palm Springs, USA

Palm Springs, USA

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

Machakos, Kenya

Machakos, Kenya

Kouvé, Togo

Kouvé, Togo

New Port Beach, California

New Port Beach, California

Paris, France

Paris, France

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

San Pedro, USA

San Pedro, USA

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

Denver, USA

Denver, USA

Harlem, NYC

Harlem, NYC

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

Harlem, NYC

Harlem, NYC

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

Harlem, NYC

Harlem, NYC

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

Paris, France

Paris, France

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

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