The Photographic Journal

Hang Time

Essay 74 • Aug 19th 2016

The “Hang Time” project grew out of a desire to focus this year on the inspiration of athletic endeavor. It is the third project in the series following “Girl Power” and “Fighter.” Aside from the simple grace of movement, fitness can benefit us both physically and emotionally. Whether a Neil Leifer image of an embattled Muhammad Ali standing triumphant over a fallen foe, or Sylvester Stallone running in exaltation up a set of steps in Philadelphia, sports can inspire us to be better both inside and outside of the arena. And what is a more universal experience than growing up shooting hoops with your boys. Or, your girls.

I wanted to try to capture the camaraderie and confidence created with every bounce of the ball, every drive to the hoop, and every postgame conversation where friends get together and even the last man picked gets to paint himself in the likeness of Jordan. Hopefully I’ve captured a bit of that spirit and viewers can recognize the freedom of the sport… and maybe recognize themselves.

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Hang Time shot by Christopher Malcolm Photography
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Christopher Malcolm is an award-winning fashion, lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Los Angeles, California. His work has appeared in print and online for many of the world’s top publications, including Popular Photography, Reader’s Digest, Seventeen, Marie Claire Turkey, and Wired Italia. His images have also been used to promote brands both large and small, ranging from companies as large as McDonald’s and Verizon, to small businesses like Hand Candy and the LA Contemporary Dance Company. When not doing commercial work, Chris has created personal work such as his Live Your Love project that has garnered awards and exhibition from coast-to-coast.

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Models: Marcellus Williams, Spencer Brown, and Tevin Callender represented by Wilhelmina LA