This photo was taken downtown Toronto, On Queen Street and Spadina.
It is a tiny little laundry mat. It only has about 8 of these retro washers, and the rest of them are more modern. I used to walk past this place all the time when I was working in the area, but this was the first time I had actually gone in! It felt like I was in a different decade!
**Post Pro - Very close crop, AutoLevels, and used the dodge tool to lighten the clothes spinning in washer #6.
***Update: I just did a search on this brand of washers, and they are still producing Coin-Operating washing machines! The new ones look so different!
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Midnight_sun (1941) 2004-02-11 16:58
Great shot, their symmetry is funny; i don't know which one to look at. There's something very right about this photo, but i can't put my finger on it. Maybe it is because its so retro, or because its so precise. I like it lot, but i don't know why! Well seen.
andyohare (437) 2004-02-11 17:13
Reminds me of a place I used to do my laundry - in fact, I think they're exactly the same machines! They were painted green, but the same 'shade', if you know what I mean. It would have been nice to see more of the clothes spinning, you could have cheated and created some vague blur! Glad you didn't though.
torben (3098) 2004-02-11 17:16
The tight cropping really makes this image, total concentration on the subject. And the subject is worth it, great composition of circles and lines and lovely retro-color. But it's not too sharp, a tripod would have been good, maybe you should go there again, it's a special kind of cool to set up a tripod and stuff in a small retro-laundromat ;-)
Michael_Gan (2776) 2004-02-11 17:41
Very surprising picture. Great subject, laundry shops somehow seem to be something old-fashioned, although I had to use them in my early student years less than 10 years ago. The old washing machines in your picture even support this old feeling. Very well done!
RandomCameraGuy (3069) 2004-02-11 18:35
Hi Pam, this is a nice shot showing that symmetry isn't always a bad thing in a pic! Nicely done.
The laundromats around where I live (the Danforth) are like this too. Very cool, retro chic!
Miks (1717) 2004-02-11 23:03
The tight crop, the appearent symmetry and the cool colour is what makes this a catchy image. Part of what makes it more than just catchy is the fact that the pic is fact not symmetrical, but, rather, a repetitive 'pattern'.
It is odd that I like this pic since I intensely hate spending (wasting?) my time in laundries... I guess that the lesson to be learned is that a with a creative mind one can have fun just about everywhere! Very cool!
PS: Torben suggestion of bringing a tripoid might make your next trip worth the while.
olli (2091) 2004-02-12 1:36
For a reto-lover like me the subject is just great – what a beautiful design/color.
Great symmetry – I especially like how there is red light on in the washer on the right. I like how it breaks the symmmetry – with numbers 5 and 6.
Very well seen and done...
Edwin (188) 2004-02-12 10:53
A very beautiful industrial design picture. The metallic colours, your choice of a black border that fits so well the other lines in your picture (the machine numbers, the doors and the coin inlet), I really really like this one. Excellent work Pamela!
Ebbe (9617) 2004-02-12 14:43
Quite an exercise of geometry. I like the asymetric repetition and also the one thing that is not green or metal grey - the red dot in the corner. Well seen!
cloverstar (0) 2004-02-12 19:47
What a unique subject to shoot. Definitely depicts daily life in a downtown core. I like the way you have filled the frame completely with the two machines. I like the red light showing on the machine on the right side. Good idea, and well done Pam.
jsec (2122) 2006-04-24 23:54
You have such a great talent for taking pictures. This one is like something from Andy warhol. Quite stunning.
MeAT (1174) 2006-05-20 10:16
Original catch. Good composition. It gives a feeling of going back in time!
You should have added a vintage kind of advertising on top!
- Copyright: Pamela DG (fotofreak) (1677)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-02-08
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700, 35-280mm, Digital JPEG 100
- Exposure: f/3.1, 1/18 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2004-02-11 16:51