I enjoy the convergence of color, light and form that emerges through photography. And I am continually thrilled by how photography often takes me further than my eye can see and sometimes in unexpected directions.
What led me into the Laundromat was my interest in laundry, which I have captured on the line for many years, and in many locales. I have long loved the beauty of refurbished cloth – the transformation from soiled to clean. It was winter in Chicago when I wondered where people dry their clothes when it is too cold to hang them on the line after they are washed. Ah, in a Laundromat! I had no preconceived idea of what I would find. I just went looking for laundry, without expectations and open to the experience. I took photos of the dryers with the various colors of clothing revolving through the window of the machine.
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 windows and I was mesmerized. Therein, I saw faces and forms of both people and animals. Thus was born my revolving laundry series, which I call "Revolutions."
What has been most exciting for me has been capturing the abstract forms that have emerged on this journey. As Picasso said, "There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality." I believe that is what this series does. I start with fabric in a dryer and in collaboration with my camera the concrete reality is transformed. I think of each image as a type of Rorschach. What I see is not what some one else does.
I hope that the series captures both the universality of human experience – each of us doing laundry - and the uniqueness of each of us, at each moment, as we revolve, and hopefully evolve through life. — Yvette Meltzer