Square Polo

By: Gustav Hoiland

Apr 28 2010

Category: bike polo

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Boston's Finest

This photo has been hanging in my room for over a month now, just above my laptop screen. The question today is, on what level and to who is this photograph valuable? I think it’s a fine composition, simple but balanced with two figures on either side with that anchoring backpack in the center. But if you don’t know these chaps, is it still interesting? Is a good family portrait interesting to anyone but the relatives?

Perhaps in this case the relatives are all of these guys, the rest of the Boston polo crew, as well as all of the members of the polo community here in ‘ol AMERICA that know these guys. Mere acquaintances, or even players who never shook their hands, might recall an incredible play or shot made by one of these guys at a tournament. They might be more inclined to study the faces to try’n figure out who everyone is behind the sunglasses, scarves, and beards of winter. It’s, left to right, Tobi, Al, Nick, and Jav.

When I see this I don’t think anything immediately hits me. Perhaps I dwell on it for a second if only because the composition effectively captures the eye/there’s something to see and there aren’t any lines that lead your eye away from the photo. I have forgotten what they said before and after the lovely loud mechanical shutter of the Hasselblad clicked. I can’t remember how I got them to pose like that. I do however remember the warmth of the Boston polo community, the three-times-a-week friendships, the interesting characters of each of these fellows…

That’s Boston Bike Polo.

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