THE SOUL OF SILENCE
A short film by Kevin Couliau inspired by the documentary DOIN' IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC
Growing up playing basketball, the park was a battlefield that educated me. It was also a second home where I created lifelong friendships. Nowadays, wherever I am, the playground is a natural refuge, a sanctuary that helps remind me who I am.
In 2004, I started documenting playground basketball, walking in the steps of legendary photographers Rick Telander, Pete Kuhns and Larry Racioppo. I originally wanted to bring a different perspective, put the lights on an undocumented community through my website Freshoops.com (R.I.P.) and the pages of Bounce, Reverse & Fadeaway magazines. Traveling around the world over the last 10 years, I captured beautiful courts in the West Indies, Eastern Europe, Northern Africa, and USA, and became particularly fascinated by empty ones (alturl.com/psoef).
New York City's basketball culture, history and abundance of playgrounds has helped it become the undeniable Mecca of the sport. You might have walked a thousand times in front of one of NYC's 700+ courts without having realized their beauty, story and soul. There's no other city in the world that combines such savant architecture and colorful public parks design. I am proud to share with you my perspective of this unique world. Enjoy!
Everything was shot during the 2010 & 2011 summers.
Cameras : Canon 5D Mark II, 1D Mark IV
Lenses : Canon 24-70mm f/2.8, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8, Canon 15mm Fisheye f/2.8, Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8
Slider : Glidetrack HD Shooter
Original concept by Kevin Couliau for Doin' It In The Park.
Directed by Kevin & David Couliau
Produced by Bobbito Garcia, Kevin Couliau & 360 Creative.
Edited by David Couliau at 360 Creative
Director of Photography : Kevin Couliau
Location Scout : Bobbito Garcia
Color Corrected at GOLDCREST FILMS, NY.
“The Sound of Silence” by Carmen McRae.
Atlantic Records, 2005.
DOIN' IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC
A film by Bobbito Garcia & Kevin Couliau
On Sale + In Theaters: doinitinthepark.com
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