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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

Laundromat

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Some times you just have to do without. There was a time, not to long ago, when we had a part on order for our dryer - heating element - and a new washer on order. So, for about two months we would, once a week, drive to the laundromat to do our laundry. We discovered that late on a Saturday afternoon was the best time to go, right before dinner time. In a couple of hours time we had the whole weeks wash done, dried, folded and hung in the back of the Jeep. Actually it was kind of fun.

My wife liked to separate the clothes for the wash - go figure - and then I would move the clothes to the dryer; together we would take a dryer and fold or hang up the clothes and move them to the Jeep.

The weather was warm and it allowed me to walk around and do a little neighborhood street photography while my wife would site in the tailgate part of the Jeep and read or listen to the radio. The only people I didn't photograph were the others that might show up while we were there. I should have, it would have made a great story. Most of the time, however, we were left alone. That was the beauty of that time of the day.

Most of the people we did meet were quite nice. A few roaming railroad workers, people who had a small apartment and no room for a washer and dryer of their own, or people who just could not afford to buy any for themselves. Everyone was friendly, and it is amazing how people thrown together doing the same thing can have so many different stories.

Anyway, this photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 70mm lens. The photo was cropped and converted to a B&W image, some vignetting and a little burning in was done and finally a smidgen of sharpening to compensate for the reduction in size.

Laundromats was a part of my world and, who knows, it could happen again; but I know the best time to go; not to mention a good one to use.

Yeah, this is my B&W world and you are welcome to it.