Photographing a Laundromat for Six Months

In the modern world, very few of us take the time to slow down and really explore the best possible expression of a subject. With much of the photography industry being results focused in the fast-moving market we live in and even personal work being shared directly to social media for instant gratification, very few of us take the time to photograph a laundromat for six months. 

This video comes to you from fine-art photographer Nick Carver. I've shared one of his videos before, where he discussed using less equipment to create greater results. In his usual tongue-in-cheek humorous fashion, Carver takes us along for the ride as he revisits a laundromat several times to get the results he is after. His process and patience really shine through in this video, and there is something we can all learn from the way he approaches an image. 

Much like his process, Nick's videos are never short. This one clocks in at just under 20 minutes in length. However, we get to follow Carver on his quest to record this image, scan it, and ultimately go through his contact sheet with him to discover why he chose his final image. So, keep this one saved for when you have a few spare minutes to enjoy the craft of photography. 

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Dylan Goldby is an Aussie photographer living and working in South Korea. He shoots a mix of families, especially the adoptive community, and pre-weddings. His passions include travel, good food and drink, and time away from all things electronic.

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I think it's quite interesting to see what might catch one person's attention. I would pass by this laundromat 1,000 times without a second glance and yet Nick is so taken with with it he puts in so much effort to capture a good image of it.

This is awesome! Very interesting to see the whole process behind it. And it got me motivated to shoot two unassuming buildings I've always wanted to shoot: One is a restaurant, the other is a movie theater. I have a specific mood in mind, so I'll take a page from his book, be patient, wait for the right moment and set my alarm clock early! :)