Playing the Game Even before the idea of producing this book materialized, Hess has always been fascinated by the architecture of gaming kiosks, which are located on every British high street. Until this day, some of these halls are still standing firm, such as the Heaton Bingo & Social Club, Welbeck Bingo Club, and the Orion Bingo Club in Newcastle. His first game was eight years ago in an abandoned cinema. When he entered the place, he was just staring at the people, while his friend, Maxine Gallagher, has scored £15 ($24). Backbone of the book
Hess claims that every photo has a different story to narrate. But the best portrait from the collection was of a 1960’s looking man, which served as the backbone of his masterpiece. Shot in Flutter Bingo Club in Biggleswade, the man was seating comfortably in the foreground, while staring at the giant number board, where the drawn bingo numbers are listed. The final shot also bore witness to the old folk’s gaming cards, gaming table, and the bingo roulette.The Challenge Along with the process, Hess saw a dramatic change in the number of players, which is a result of the smoking ban implemented in the betting halls. But after four years, the book still came into being, covering more than 70 gaming halls. Today, Hess’ book is being exhibited at the Host Gallery in London.