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Eric Boateng, Delaware, USA - David Brabyn, 2005

1 February 2011

This shot of Eric Boateng training alone in his school gym was taken during a two-day self-assignment following the British basketball prodigy around in his daily life.

The 6’10” tall Londoner received a scholarship to enroll in St Andrews, a private high school in Delaware in the US (where the Dead Poets Society was filmed), on the basis of his skills as a basketball player.

He quickly became the school’s much-loved star player. Post graduation, Eric joined Duke University, which has the top basketball team in the country, and later transferred to Arizona State University.

After being tested and almost recruited by the Denver Nuggets it appears that he was selected by the Idaho Stampede in the NBA D-League. He is a member of the Great Britain national basketball team.

I photographed him again when he came to New York to play at Madison Square Garden. The Observer Magazine was interested until they “ran out of space.”

This was my first trip ever out of the New York region after I moved to the USA in the autumn of 2004. I loved every bit of it. Everything was absolutely new to me. And that is what I enjoy most about being a photojournalist: finding out and experiencing something new.

Eric was shot on a Canon EOS 1Ds with a 24-70mm 2.8 L lens.

David Brabyn was born in the UK and raised in France. He has lived and worked in Africa, South-East Asia, Central Europe and the Middle East. Since 2004 he has been based in New York City. In addition to his freelance photography David is also a web consultant for photographers.

Photographer since 2004. EPUK member since 2004.

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