Laundry In Public

2011, 5.5 x 8.25 in., 24 pp.
Digital edition bound in cloth cover

Laundry flapping in the breeze invoked poor immigrants and impropriety to a 1950s suburban aesthetic that still has currency in the United States today. Community covenants, landlord prohibitions and municipal zoning laws prohibiting the hanging of clothes outside to dry are not uncommon. It is believed this activity is a marker of poverty and lowers property values.

Clothes dryers account for at least 6 percent of all household electricity consumption in the United States. With the current state of the economy and environmental concerns, laundry in public should be the least of our concerns.

Photographs of southern Tuscan hill towns made in October/November 2007.