This basketball court is inside a semi-abandoned and out of service public high school in Pennsylvania that closed in the early eighties. It has been left to fade away but for the efforts of one man attempting to turn it into a community center in an old anthracite coal town that itself is fading away. Being such a large building to rehab, there's only so much one person can achieve, and the gymnasium isn't high on the fix-it list.
Or the cleaning list for that matter.
I wanted to create a shot with a very worn basketball I had found laying around the gym, and decided to have it in the same frame as the backboard and hoop. I laid on the smooth but extremely dirty hardwood floor with a wide angle lens to get this one, and shot it several different ways while rolling around on my belly and sides. I stood up with a brand new layer of fine flour-like dirt from head to toe, and dusted the funk off with my hands into a hanging cloud of dust. Pig Pen reborn!
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