Photo Series Uses Laundry Machines to Frame Colorful and Abstract Shots

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“Inspirational” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think about laundry, but for photographer Yvette Meltzer, that’s exactly what it turned out to be. Shirts strung over a clothesline, laundry being sloshed around with suds, and most recently, piles of clothes being tossed about inside the confines of a dryer.

It all started on a cold February day in the windy city. With her camera in hand, she started searching around finding laundromats to use as her unusual subjects. Going through a number of different subjects throughout the laundromat, Meltzer eventually found herself enamored by the aesthetic of dryers tossing around clothes inside of their metallic drums.

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She tells Slate, “It wasn’t until I went to the computer to upload the photos that I saw the images that emerged in many of the dryer photos and I was mesmerized. Therein, I saw faces and forms of both people and animals.”

It was this mesmerization and accompanying inspiration that led her to creating the series, Revolutions. Two years in the making, there were a number of challenges Meltzer came across when trying to capture these images. Most notably, the difficulty of trying to photograph the glass doors without reflecting the horrendous fluorescent lighting that almost all laundromats are plagued with.

Now it’s your turn to view the images and see what it is you see in them. A face? Abstractions? Take a look at some of the photographs from the series below:

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To keep up with Yvette’s work, you can do so over on her website, by clicking here.

(via Slate)

Image credits: Photographs by Yvette Meltzer and used with permission

  • David Vaughn

    Just curious, if these were taken with a dedicated camera and not with, say, an iPhone, why does it seem like they’ve been cropped in 200%?

    I’m not saying the photos are bad, or photos taken on phones are bad, but I find the lack of detail and digital artifacts to be distracting when I’m trying to focus on the abstract part of the photo.

  • Jesse

    I think the idea is there, and it could be cool, but they turned out kind of… boring? Maybe a slower shutter or some brighter colours or different lighting. I’m not sure exactly what its missing but with some fine tuning I think this could turn out pretty cool.

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  • Ben

    Ok, here’s my ideas for improving these shots:
    1. Use a better camera (there’s a ton of distracting noise in some of these)
    2. Use Shinichi Maruyama’s technique from his series “Nude” for smoother motion
    3. Remove the context, maybe by cropping out the machines themselves.

    All that said, this is a really creative idea and I admire the mind that came up with it.

  • charlesrlee

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  • Joe

    I’m going to start creating images of unflushed turds in public toilets. I’m going to call it “Left Behind”.

    I wonder what kind of pretentious, made up, click-baiting garbage Petapixel editors will come up with to feature my 2 year in the making masterpiece. What will they see in the turds? Their own selves?

    I’ll probably struggle with the reflections from the awful fluorescent lights that all public restrooms are plagued with, because I don’t know what a polarizing filter is.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  • bry

    You took the words right out of my mouth. The utter garbage being touted on here is mind boggling.