Leap shows wear and tear on sports equipment in the sports hall of a north London school. The photographs explore the action of making physical leaps in sport and the impact it leaves. Every piece of sports equipment photographed holds a history of personal stories, as each participant has left their mark on it.

“I jump onto the suede surface of the wooden-legged vaulting horse; I see scratches and marks on the woodwork; staples are gunned into the side of the suede, emergency repairs. I remember the first time I leapt over a vaulting horse as a boy I realised there were sports I could delight in and even be good at.” — Roelof Bakker, 2012

A selection of photographs was included in a group show at Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU, 25 July to 23 September 2012.

Leap was a commission by Haringey Council for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.


Leap Training Ball Roelof Bakker Bruce Castle Museum

‘ Ball (3)’

‘Racket (4)’

Leap Roelof Bakker Vaulting Horse

‘Vaulting Horse’