For so long, the backboard in the backyard has been synonymous with American households. Families and children used to derive joy and laughter from shooting hoops. The backyard was the spot where dads used to spend time with their sons. Enter modern life and small screens, and the backboards have been altogether neglected.
To depict the disuse of backboards in backyards and the feeling of emptiness that comes with the sight of them, photographer Carlos Marchand set out to photograph these hoops all over Queens, New York. The set shot entirely in black-and-white 120 film isn’t a depiction of the past – it’s a portrayal of the present, seemingly devoid of color.
“There’s a strong presence of the hoops everywhere, but also an emptiness, meaning the lack of people using them,” said Carlos to The Guardian.
Carlos hopes that “Backboards in Backyards” can help to retain culture and “preserve how the New York City suburbs look in the years to come.”
View a selection of the images by Carlos Marchand below:
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All images: Carlos Marchand via The Guardian