Earlier this year the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) handed out disposable cameras to more than 50 people across Qatar. The brief for each participant was simple: take photos of what football means to you.
A coach instructs players during a training session at Al Sadd Sports Club
The objective was to showcase Qatar’s football culture and its deep-rooted passion for the beautiful game, while shining a light on the country’s diversity.
â€œWe also wanted to give people around the world the chance to find out more about the next FIFA World Cup host nation,â€ SC said in a report on its website.
Local photographer Hanson Joseph, who has lived in Qatar for 13 years, took part in the project and recently had three of his photos featured in the Qatar @roadto2022 Exhibition in Sao Paulo.
“My objective was to show everyone how important football is in the modern world,” said Joseph, who is also a qualified football coach. “I tried my best to take meaningful photos and I’m really proud that three of them were selected for the exhibition in Brazil.”
As for Joseph’s favourite photo, it’s the one which features children trying to get their ball back in Barwa City.
“I love the photo of the children trying to shake the football out of the tree as it’s something that happens almost every day during childhood.”
Another picture is from an area opposite Barwa City, where thousands of people live. â€œEvery Friday people come here to play sport. Cricket used to dominate this area, as many of the residents are natives of India, where the sport is very popular, but over the years more and more people have started playing football.”
Yet another picture was taken at Al Sadd Sports Club during a training session. It shows a coach instructing the players.