Jessica Hilltout: Joy is Round

European photographer Jessica Hilltout has documented the “rag balls” found all over the world where young people have a passion for soccer, but no soccer balls. Hilltout, featured in the New York Times a while back, spent 9 months traveling the back roads of Africa, documenting through photography the passion for soccer that is virtually a religion throughout Africa. "I have always been interested in the poetic character of the small, seemingly unimportant things." Jessica says, "To me, there is hidden beauty in the ordinary and great beauty in the overlooked."

Find out more about Jessica's work here.

via [kottke]

All images ©Jessica Hilltout