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

The photographs of Leap, expose human 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 holds a history of personal stories, as each participant has left their mark on it.

As part of Baker’s research, he looked back on his fondness for gymnastics as a child growing up in the Netherlands.“ I never thought I could excel at sports, as I had no aptitude for activities like football, for which I was always picked last. But the first time I leapt over a vaulting horse I realised there were sports I could enjoy and even excel at.”

Analogue photography workshops were conducted with children from year 3 (ages 7-8) and year 5 (ages 9-10) at South Harringay Junior School in north London. The children used disposable film cameras to record sports equipment in their school.

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


Leap Training Ball Roelof Bakker Bruce Castle Museum

‘ Ball (3)’

‘Racket (4)’

Leap Roelof Bakker Vaulting Horse

‘Vaulting Horse’