Kalin Haydon captures the nostalgia of middle America’s bingo halls and bowling alleys

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“Instead of going to a daycare my grandparents would come to my house and watch me while my parents went to work. Many days they would tell stories from growing up in the 1920s during the depression, of how they would only pay a nickel for gas, their evenings at the Knights of Columbus hall playing bingo or how good my grandma was at bowling,” says photographer Kalin Hayden, who’s currently studying for her masters at Columbia College Chicago. “Their leisure activities were passed down to me on Friday nights when my grandpa would help run bingo night and my grandma would run the food counter.”

Carrying on the traditions of her grandparents, Kalin now travels around photographing bingo halls and bowling alleys in the Midwest of America to capture the “commonality between the two activities” and to examine "how their communities survive in the contemporary world”. “Over the years I’ve experienced that every bingo hall or bowling alley feels the same, filled with similar characters. Their tchotchke-line bingo cards or personalised bowling shirts speak to a post-war Americana culture,” explains Kalin. “I am interested in these social spaces in middle America and the people that frequent them to stay connected to a time my grandparents spoke so fondly of.”

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