The Art of Basketball
MSA junior Sam Roach recently completed a photo journal of a boys basketball game at MSA. In the process, he learned to love the excitement and magic of MSA Hoops and the electricity of Maverick school spirit. Take a look at his photo journal and write-up about the experience. #mindhandsheart
I have never had much interest in watching a basketball game. It wasn’t until I started shooting photography for MSA that I’d ever been to a game. Entering the gym to watch the first boys varsity game I’d ever been to, I expected nothing more than to take photos.
However, it wasn’t long before the electricity of the game and the cheering of the students had me taking the camera away from my eye to cheer, something that has never happened before when I’m shooting photos seriously. The intensity and suspense of the game took me out of my photographer mode and left me feeling as if the camera was my eye—I felt like part of the game as I subconsciously captured the action.
From the passion of the coaches to the magic spell the Miller student crowd pretended to cast upon our free throw shooters with the wiggling of their fingers above their heads, everyone seems to feel part of the game. After the game tied 56 to 56, the cheering, propelled by school spirit, grew even more passionate.
As the game grew more suspenseful, it grew more physical and caused so many fouls that Miller pulled forward with the gracefully accurate free throws of Jordan Brown and Tariq Balogun.
Each time a Miller player stepped up to the paint, the crowd grew quiet, the magic hands came out, and the satisfying sound of a ball passing through a net filled the gym.