Casinos Look Incredibly Eerie Without all the People

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Casinos can be rancid places, full of sadness and stale beer. But if you just vacuumed out all the gambling, they're surprisingly peaceful—if a little weird in the interior decoration department. Photographer Joe Johnson proves it in "The Playing Field," a project that documents Reno, its casinos, and almost zero humans.

The images are simply surreal: reflections of reflections bordered by neon lights and glowing screens. If you do spot a human, it looks like they've been added to the scene by a painter with a sinister sense of humour. Still, these images aren't exactly funny. Like a stadium without a crowd, these spaces look lonely without humans—regardless of how many lights, mirrors, or fake palm trees you throw in. [Joe Johnson via It's Nice That]

Casinos Look Incredibly Eerie Without All the People

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Casinos Look Incredibly Eerie Without All the People

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Casinos Look Incredibly Eerie Without All the People

Casinos Look Incredibly Eerie Without All the People

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Casinos Look Incredibly Eerie Without All the People

Casinos Look Incredibly Eerie Without All the People

Casinos Look Incredibly Eerie Without All the People

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Casinos Look Incredibly Eerie Without All the People