Struggle of Six

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jul 25 2011

Category: bike polo

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Focal Length:17mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

Sun Shadows

Boy it’s hard to see, but that little red ball is coming down from the top, careening along with its master towards the net, hoping only to penetrate the space between the cones. Like some deep carnal lust for arbitrary numbers of score that lead eventually to winners and losers. The victors, the defeated, the overall great pleasure of bike polo and its Sunday existence on asphalt all around the world.

All six players are visible here along with their long shadows. Perhaps 6:45, just shy of five hours of sun-soaked playing. The Vermontese, the French and the Bostonian all represented on a single court. Accompanied by visiting friends, fellow photographers and the ever-present cart-pushing gentleman who stops by to collect the $0.05 aluminum and glass that to us are but waste.

Everything Boston Bike Polo is here, all the gear, the court, the cones, the deteriorating whitewashed sidewalls. The evening-sun of mid/late summer casting forth its warmth, creating these wild disproportionate shadows all about. The oval wheels and miniaturized legs, all stemming from the flesh and blood of poloists with hearts racing to score and prevent the score.

Summer Polo Indeed.

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