Elton (above) is an Environmental Engineer. How lovely for him.
Anne Zahalka’s latest series Playing the Game uses photography to examine how people are transformed through sport. Elton can escape his conservative day job and become a warrior on the track (and, presumably, in the shower). Karo (boxing, below) is normally a performer, but put some boxing gloves on her and she becomes a force to be reckoned with. When flight attendant Brian (below) goes to the gym, he is no longer a trolley dolly. And Karen (with basketball) is no longer a teacher but a hoop-shooting superstar.
It’s true that they say sport is the great leveller, and can bring out the best and worst in everyone. But for the individuals photographed by Zahalka, it is also what can transform them from their mundane day jobs into glamorous ‘superheroes’, particularly in sport-obsessed Australia.