The London-based Photographer and filmmaker Benedict Redgrove has created a wonderful three-and-a-half-minute film, which captures the process of making a tennis ball at the Wilson Factory in Thailand. Commissioned by ESPN and the sporting goods giant Wilson in anticipation of the U.S. Open, the video is highly simplistic but effective.
Filmed without explanation or narration, the clip demonstrates the level of complexity involved in making a tennis ball. Each ball in the factory goes through 24 steps, and the hypnotic operation sees the balls germinate from taut rubber sheets rotating on a machine into fluffy, fluorescent spheres of bounciness, all stamped with the Wilson logo.
Pictures: Benedict Redgrove