Playing Basketball at Sunset

I live in Flushing, Queens in New York City across the street from the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.  The park was originally created for the 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fair.  It is now very much a working-class park.  It is used mostly by Asian and Hispanic immigrants who live around the area.  Families set up on the weekends and have day-long picnics and barbecues.  Soccer and volleyball predominate.  It is sandwiched between the huge  elevated roadways of Grand Central Parkway and the Van Wyck Expressway and dissected by the Long Island Expressway.  These things – and low flying planes taking off and landing from LaGuardia Airport – do not let you forget that it is very much an urban park.  I love it all.  It’s beautiful.  I took this picture in the park near sunset this evening.  I was wandering around the park as I sometimes do looking for possible things of interest to photograph.  I saw this young man practicing basketball by himself.  I noticed that he would be hit with the last light of the evening as he played.  I asked him if I could try taking his picture while he played and thought it might be interesting to shoot him backlit by the last bit of sun.  This is one of the images that I got.  It is not necessarily the best one.  I haven’t decided yet.

 (Robert Englebright)


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