Basketball was invented around 1890 in America. Only 10 years later the sport was introduced in the Philippines. Another decade and the Philippines had won its first gold medal at the Far Eastern Games.

My photo essay started off as a way to find out more about the Filipino's love of Basketball through literally shooting Hoops , specifically the grassroots courts of the impoverished villages in the Visayan Region of the Philippines (The Visayan region is where many of the New President Duterte's supporters come from).


The majority of the shots featured in my project are of single hoops in people's backyards or rural communal/ squatters areas. These areas are usually very inaccessible and often off limits. In most cases there is no actual "court" as such . The hoops and backboards are made from whatever material is available.These backboards are usually placed on trees as the support structure and as a result the hoops actually increase in height as the tree continues to grow. Also very few of the basketball players have the money to buy expensive basketball sneakers so both adults and children play with flip flops or even barefeet - on playing surfaces covered with debris and rubbish.


The project is still ongoing with over 500 courts and hoops documented, together with subsets of the series including a focus on backboards. The hoops I have documented will eventually be replaced by newer and more generic courts as the Philippines (and hopefully the local villagers) become more affluent. There is a real historical element to the series and even after shooting for just over a year I see lots of the temporary housing and the hoops disappearing.


My project has featured on PDN, Asia Society, Digital Rev, Petapixel and Creative Review.

I am currently working on a Baskitan publication/zine and  limited edition prints. If  you are interested in purchasing either please send me a message at info@richardjamesdaniels.com.




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basketball courts of the philippines. documentary photography project.
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Filipino NBA Basketball court, cebu, philippines.
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goats watch a young filipino boy throw a basketball on a provincial court in the philippines.
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basketball courts of the philippines. documentary photography project.
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basketball courts of the philippines. documentary photography project.
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basketball courts of the philippines. documentary photography project.
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