Gambling addiction or gambling disorder is defined as persistent and recurring problematic gambling behavior that causes distress and impairs your overall livelihood. Gambling addiction affects roughly 0.2% to 0.3% of the general U.S. population, and tends to affects males more than females, though this gender gap has narrowed in recent years.
The Unchanging Ritual
Each photograph from Monday to Saturday reveals the man at the slot machine, engaged in the repetitive action of gambling. The constancy of his presence, along with the cap that becomes a symbol of his identity, speaks to the routines that often govern our lives. These images try to portrait the ritualistic nature of his behavior, suggesting a deeper search for meaning or escape in the redundancy of his actions.
The empty space on Sunday prompts questions about the man’s life outside the casino and the impact of his gambling habit on his existence beyond the slot machine.