adidas released a super secret new ball for the coming South African world cup and I was lucky enough to get to retouch it. We always get samples of the actual product, before they start making the real thing. These samples are usually terribly produced, glue everywhere, seams all over the place…. I spent 40 hours on one ball. I must warn everyone to never do that, it’s not very conductive to one’s mental health.

Photography by Hans Pieterse