by Rachael Ashe
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Laundromat is a selection of images by photographer Rachael Ashe, in which she explores an everyday location: the laundromat. Rachael says of the project:
The house I live in doesn't have an onsite laundry available to the tenants, so in order to wash my clothes every week I visit a laundromat about five blocks away. I'd never used a laundromat previous to living in Vancouver, and I don't mind the experience because I find it a relaxing place to hang out for the hour or so it takes to wash my clothes. I always take along something creative to do while I'm there, mostly my journal and often a camera. I like the repitition of shapes created by the dryers, and how laundromats often look as if no modern advancements have taken place since the sixties. It's also an enviroment perfectly suited to the odd colour shifts that occur from cross-processing slide film.The resulting images show that even in the most mundane locales, a talented photographer can find the elements needed to create compelling work.