While on assignment for a news publication, Rosa Verde, a documentary photographer based in the Canary Islands, discovered that people everywhere love basketball. Intrigued by the sport's universal appeal, she decided to pursue the story in a project called "Basketball Is Life." The intimate portrait series profiles basketball enthusiasts of all types. Each photo comes with a handwritten letter that reveals why each individual is passionate about the sport. The letters give the subjects an opportunity to tell their diverse stories.

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[via ItsNiceThat]