The Serenity of Spinning Laundry Captured in Photo Series "Revolutions"

The Serenity of Spinning Laundry Captured in Photo Series "Revolutions"

Photographer Yvette Meltzer examines the beauty of spinning colors within public laundromat machines in her series of photographs titled “Revolutions.” She spent over two years on the project which she describes at her website as a journey of capturing abstract mandalas that transform into faces and forms - both human and animal-like.

Yvette quotes Pablo Picasso saying “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality” and elaborates on what Picasso said by pointing to her own series of photographs: it starts with simple fabric inside of a dryer, and in tandem with her camera, reality becomes transformed. I really think it's an interesting examination, where a series of photographs can be viewed multiple times by multiple people and still allow for new discoveries to be found within the shapes and colors. She noted to me, "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 this life.”

You can see more of Yvette's photography series at her website.

All images used with permission.

[via Slate]

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8 Comments

Joel Meaders's picture

What a great idea. She executed it well.

Aaron Brown's picture

Yeah, I thought so too. Thanks for looking!

Kristjan Järv's picture

I wonder what this would have looked like with an even longer exposure. Great idea!

Aaron Brown's picture

Give it a try, Kristjan! Share your discoveries with us here on Fstoppers!

RUSS T.'s picture

i am missing the fascination with this...
So the goal is, to capture a blurry subject?
If this is amazing to some folks, try this;
Go outside, and stand under a tree. Point camera up into the branches, focus, and as you snap the photo, rotate your body in a circle.

Pierre Vauvillier's picture

what fascinates me the most is people able to find beauty in such random things.

RUSS T.'s picture

if people find it beautiful, so be it. I aint tryin to take away from what they get out of it. I just am unable to see it.
That;s all. :)

Pierre Vauvillier's picture

Such an inspiring idea!!