For “Scratching Chance” and “Scratching Chance Grids” (2004 – 2006), I set out to explore the ecosystem of urban housing projects, drawing inspiration from a sycamore tree in which I found lodged a number of losing scratch cards. I took to the streets as a one-man lottery system, offering residents scratch cards and a chance of winning. My images capture the hands (and voices) of the hopefuls as they try their luck, and flesh out the stakes of pleasure, reward, escape, despair, resignation and addiction in a world where life itself often proves a gamble. The oblique angle from which I depict my subjects resonates with Gilles Deleuze’s paradigm of minor politics in that ‘the people are missing’ in the process of claiming their identity.