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hoop [Hardcover]

Robin Layton

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10 Oct 2013
Hoop includes approximately 100 stunning photographs of a wide variety of American basketball hoops, from humble garage and street courts around the country to the open-air White House court. Layton's photographs offer a breathtaking view of the weathered dreams, fading memories and future glories hanging from solitary backboards around the country. It is not just another book about basketball, nor is it another roundup of action photos. It is an artful portrait of an American institution for anybody who is passionate about basketball.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 20 Feb 2014
By Richard F Gaston - Published on Amazon.com
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I always played basketball. Starting at age 7 – maybe before. So did all my friends. A cement court with one basket and usually no net was our playground, often until pitch-black darkness. Once a year or so my dad bought us a new net so we could tell for sure whether or not a shot was good. The net lasted until winter, but we lasted a lot longer. We all played in high school, college intramurals, and the sport kept me fit and sane throughout graduate school and training. The winters of my three years in the military in Alaska were highlighted by regular all-out games, and my last shot was an uncontested layup that went in, but cost me an Achilles tendon. Since then I shoot but don’t play.
I think there are a million stories like mine. In my era it was mostly boys, but now girls live the basketball life as well. Robin’s book brings all of that back; I can’t put it down. I continue to follow basketball, and am familiar with almost all of the players and coaches who have added quotes and anecdotes to these pages, all well written and insightful.
But the best are Robin’s pictures, which capture the essence and emotions I was trying to describe above. She is an artist with the camera, and the constant is fabulous pictures of hoops, using multiple photographic styles and techniques. Pictures though fences, winter, blurred players with a ball visible in the air, night shots, reflections and shadows, hoops on trees and barns. Does that cover it? (No) I believe I have played on every single court (about a 100) in her book – at least they all look so familiar. If I haven’t maybe she will give me the GPS coordinates and I will go to those I have missed (all of them) and chuck up a few shots.
Although the pictures as a set tell a story about basketball, each picture is stand-alone great and I would happily display any one of them on a picture wall in my home.
You can tell I like/love the book. Great art – great memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for basketball junkies 25 Oct 2013
By Kimberly Carney - Published on Amazon.com
This is such a beautiful, reflective book on basketball greats, their history with basketball, and the ordinary basketball hoop ... in any small town, big city, city park, parking lot ... it reflects the love we have for this game. A perfect gift for someone you love that loves basketball.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A visual treat! 25 Oct 2013
By Nancy from Seattle - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not a Basketball fan, but love this book! Robin Layton has the gift of pulling beauty from the most mundane objects to create visual compositions like no other. I am In the arts and find this book spectacular!
I look forward to her next endeavor.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic photography 11 Dec 2013
By Dana Hart - Published on Amazon.com
Robin takes a simple object and makes it into art. A truly amazing book showcasing a wonderful talented artist. Every basketball lover should own this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing photos!! 23 Nov 2013
By Cathy Howland - Published on Amazon.com
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Hoop: the American dream is a beautiful book and photographer Robin Layton has captured the true essence of the sport. But this is so much more than a book about basketball...it's all about the artistry and creativity the photographer uses to capture the small, unique details from hoops across the country. Can't wait to share this with family and friends - this will make a great gift!!
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