‘Tells’ is a series of portraits of poker players photographed within the subject’s own environment. The work addresses issues around poker culture revealing the variety of class, ethnicity, age and gender within this field of gaming. Using a combination of image and text informs the viewer to question the ethics of poker and gambling from a neutral stance and unbiased opinion. Freedom and control can be associated with poker, the subject being free to stake their money in a poker game, simultaneously the ‘control’ element lies within the subject being in control of the game. Alternatively, it could be that the game is ultimately in control of the subject. Some consider poker to be addictive with its gambling strategies drawing the players back to play irrespective of whether they win or lose.
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