From the most unconventional spaces; the worst slums or roadside bus stops to immaculate lawns in high end schools, soccer pervades practically every environment.
Young men embrace the game like it’s a lifeline to something else, something better, throwing themselves rigorously into impromptu games sessions, playing past fatigue and unmindful of injuries, sometimes you may even spot a lady or two participating in these games.
A photographer named Andrew Esiebo has managed to capture some of the beautiful imagery of these games that are frankly hard to put into words.
The pictures which are shots of soccer being played in unconventional spaces form a part of his soccer worlds project investigating the various manifestation of soccer in our daily life, he named the project; Love of it.
On his website, he explains the heart behind the project thus;
In Nigeria, the beautiful game isn’t confined to the stadium: from farmland to city roads, from beaches to markets, football belongs everywhere.
“For the Love of It” is an on-going series looking at the appropriation of football in unconventional environments. This series also has undelaying questions of urban spaces planning in Africa.
Why are our cities with scarcity of recreation spaces for football? Why are there few spaces for pedestrians? Why are out cities fast becoming a concrete “jungle”?
He hopes in essence that the images will inspire some questions and solutions on the speedy and steady transformation of Africa, to a concrete jungle, we hope so too. Enjoy these pictures of people enjoying a good game of soccer in unconventional spaces;
Andrew Esiebo was born in Lagos, Nigeria and started out in photography by chronicling the rapid development of urban Nigeria as well as the country’s rich culture and heritage.
His work soon gained international recognition and has already been exhibited in such places as; the Sao Paulo biennials in Brazil, Dakart, Dakar, Senegal, Biennale Cuvee, Linz in Austria, Photo Quai biennials among a number of others.