Photographer Yvette Meltzer answers this question with an emphatic “YES!”
In her new photo series “Revolutions” her eagle-eyed work catches glimpses of why socks go missing from our laundry.
Here’s what she had to say about the genesis of the project, which took place in Chicago (I need to move, ASAP!).
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.
After taking multitudes of outdoor laundry images over the years, it was in Chicago in the cold of winter when my curiosity led me into local Laundromats where, drawn to the colors of laundry spinning in the dryers, I began taking photos. I never imagined the mandalas I would ultimately see when I went to the computer to view the digital images of this spinning laundry. Therein I saw faces and forms – both human and animal-like. 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.
Photo Source: Yvette Meltzer