Photographer who trawled bingo halls he visited as a child hits the jackpot with captivating images of players hunched over their cards

By Jessica Jerreat

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Seattle photographer Andrew Miksys has always had an affinity with bingo halls and the characters who fill them.

As a child in the early 80s, his parents ran the Bingo Today newspaper, filled with stories about the winners and players filling halls around Washington state.

During the first game he played, aged 11, he won $300 and soon became inspired by the instant fortune bingo could bring.

'Bingo seemed all right to me. In very little time it had bought me fortune and the envy of all my friends,' he told Feature Shoot.

After reminiscing with his parents about their newspaper, Miksys embarked on a journey across the U.S. to document the people who frequent bingo halls.

The result is a set of portraits capturing hope and concentration, as men and women of all ages hunch over their cards, marker pens at the ready.

Miksys's images can be seen at www.andrewmiksys.com

Eyes down: A bingo player smokes a cigarette as his hand hovers over a spread of cards

Eyes down: A bingo player smokes a cigarette as his hand hovers over a spread of cards

Concentration: Boards of bingo cards surround this man who looks determined to win

Concentration: Boards of bingo cards surround this man who looks determined to win

One little duck: An elderly woman calls out the numbers

One little duck: An elderly woman calls out the numbers

Young and keen: This woman looks lost in her thoughts as she waits for a game to begin

Young and keen: This woman looks lost in her thoughts as she waits for a game to begin

Legs eleven: A dash of lipstick is applied as this bingo fan looks forward to the night ahead

Legs eleven: A dash of lipstick is applied as this bingo fan looks forward to the night ahead

Ready to roll: Mic in hand, this bingo caller waits for the first numbers to be drawn

Ready to roll: Mic in hand, this bingo caller waits for the first numbers to be drawn

Pensive: A half-eaten snack is left forgotten on the table as this man takes a break from the game

Pensive: A half-eaten snack is left forgotten on the table as this man takes a break from the game

Me and you: A bingo player refuels as she tries to win the jackpot

Me and you: A bingo player refuels as she tries to win the jackpot


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