Bike Polo is a sport that exists in spaces that often seem temporary. Hand-built wooden walls surround the court in D.C., and while tennis nets serve as walls for tournaments in Richmond. Use what you have. In cities across the US, bike polo is played on basketball courts, tennis courts, parking lots, or any hard surface that is relatively smooth. Local polo clubs are often forced to relocate after new construction and developments change the cities they exist in.
The textures, sounds, and intensity are incredibly unique. The steady and powerful drone of bicycle gears and wheels drive players back and forth between goals. The crack of a mallet, perfectly timed, connects with a ball, propelling it across the court into the back of a net.
These photographs are a selection from an ongoing photo essay project about bike polo and the local club in Washington D.C. When making these photographs, the intention was to visually translate these details, experiences, and feelings for the viewer.