For a long time I have been questioning the power of sport, can it be transformational….can it really deep down change someone’s mindset, their way of seeing life, their way of being in life, can it give people the tools to bring out change in themselves…I believe if it is sustained and supported it can…but I wanted to know what other people thought….
I recently phoned Simone, who is one of the women photographed to ask her what she thought …when I took her photograph I knew nothing about her, other than, she played basketball.
But there was something about her which stayed with me, an energy, a fire in her belly, a strength that I could feel whilst I was shooting and which comes out in her shots, I wanted to find out more about her.
I now know her day job is working with young disadvantaged people in care.
I asked Simone if she would be happy to write a few words to sit next to her portrait…. Luckily she said yes…I wanted her story to be in her words not mine. Her words are coming soon…