This week, I was quite fortunate to capture Jordan Kilganon, one of the best dunker on the planet. When this kind of athlete is motivated for a photo shoot you can't stay home and turn down the opportunity. Jordan is 24 and comes from Canada, he lives in a small city 3/4 hours north of Toronto and has always been dreaming to become a professional dunker. Something he achieved thanks to his exceptional jumping ability, creativity and countless hours of training. You may have seen him during the NBA All Star Game last february, he was the guy dunking in jeans at halftime, the random looking guy who shutdown the event for 10/15 sec when nobody realised what happened.
He's currently touring the world with Dunk Elite, a troop gathering the best high flyers on the planet, jumping from one plane to another to showcase his skills on basketball tournaments, corporate events and dunk contests. For those who'd be wondering, Jordan is not a ballplayer, he's a dunker and never wanted to play pro-ball, all he cares and thinks of is dunking ! As of today he's part of this super small circle of athletes making a living out of dunking, and that is pretty impressive. His bag of tricks is unlimited, he can dunk at will without warm up and for 8 hours straight but his particularity resides in its creativity. Jordan invented a dunk called Scorpion where he dunk the ball with his arm twisted backwards, not the most aesthetically pleasing dunk but definitely the most technical I have ever captured.
We spent 2 hours on the legendary court of Bir-Hakeim in Paris, it's usually tricky to shoot there, the facility managers always kick you out if they see a photographer. Anyway we managed to stay there for some time, enough for Jordan to be creative and defy The Iron Lady. Funny thing is that all the local ballers instantly recognised them from his All Star Game & Quai 54 appearances. And as soon as he started dunking over somebody, all of them where asking to be underneath while their photo was taken ! This was surreal, never seen a baller asking to be dunked on !!!