Laundry Day, a photo gallery of model Eleanor Ronson by Zack Warren.
“Growing up in Thousand Oaks, aka suburbia, I was never really exposed to urban laundromats until I moved to Long Beach in 2004. I saw them when I was skating around LA growing up and they always had this almost sad, empty feeling, minus maybe a lone arcade game or gumball machine that was always a staple inside. In my early 20’s every time I went to do laundry it was always an experience. Completely random people all coming to the same place to clean their clothes, leaving the laundry in multiple washers and dryers with blind trust that no one would steal it. There would be kids playing video games, weed being smoked as the clothes dried and I’ve even witnessed some small time drug deals go down.
“I have always wanted to do a photo set inside a laundromat, and the opportunity finally arose on the way to another shoot with my friend and model, Eleanor Ronson. We had planned to go do some looks in downtown Los Angeles, but on my drive to her place in Hollywood I saw this classic laundromat with green walls, worn out paint and harsh, almost institutional fluorescent lighting. Eleanor is an extremely beautiful and talented European runway model with amazing style and I thought it would be awesome to juxtapose her high-end beauty and style with a run down, almost institutionalized laundromat. Being the awesome model that she is, she loved the idea and brought a suitcase of gear. We started shooting and no one said a word, they watched and acted as if we weren’t even there. The cleaning ladies that night even offered up props for the shoot and I gave these hard working, amazing women some money for their time as I started to feel bad as if we were exploiting this run down place. Here are a few photos of my night with Eleanor at a laundromat in Hollywood, I hope you enjoy them.” – Zack Warren.