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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bingo Culture Series Featured on Lenscratch

I am thrilled to have some images of my "Bingo Culture" series featured today on Aline Smithson's website, Lenscratch.  You can view her post, as well as more photographs from my series, HERE.

One of the projects that I took on last year on the road was visiting several bingo halls across the states.  Here is my statement about the project:
In 2010, I hit the road to photograph America solo; living out of a tent and bringing along my dog for the ride.  I did not have a preconceived agenda, rather, I wanted to discover worlds that were unfamiliar and meet people I would not have otherwise encountered. Each day I would make a decision on what direction I would take.  While traveling in Maine, I discovered a Bingo hall and it provoked a curiosity about a subculture that I was aware of but hadn't given any thought towards.  What I discovered was a community of dedicated players who travel to the same place, set up in the same spot, and bring along the same good luck charms with the hopes that this will be the day they win big.  It’s a place where hope and despair come hand in hand throughout the night as the mind lets go of everything but what numbers are being called. Each location I encountered would bring in a true sense of community, each with their unique set of personalities and characters.  As I continued my travels and visits to Bingo Halls across America, I realized I was looking at a cultural phenomenon that will be lost to future generations.



2 comments:

Jeff said...

Wonderful series of images. My Mom & Dad played when they lived in a Florida senior community and it was fascinating to accompany them.

888 ladies said...

Oh my! That's not quite the image of modern day online bingo rooms is it now? Lordy! These old fogies really look the part of the erstwhile bingo players. The good news is that online bingo is a bustling enterprise of young and old. It's the safe gaming domain of many players across the isle. I've been playing at both bingo venues for quite some time and I prefer online bingo as it's MORE social- would you believe that? Take it easy folks. Enjoy the game!

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