Posted by
Harry (Apex, NC, United States) on 17 October 2019 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Just a block from the beautifully maintained and still in business Chreech Drug featured yesterday was this shell of a former laundromat - or "WASHERETTE" as styled by the former owner. Business is tough everywhere, but probably even tougher in a small, economically challenged town. I reduced the color a bit to enhance the somber mood.

SONY SLT-A77V 1/800 second F/9.0 ISO 400 52 mm (35mm equiv.)

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ryse from bordeaux, France

Une ambiance très "New-York" avec ces murs en petites briques !
Ici aussi en France, face à la crise, de plus en plus de petits commerces disparaissent, même des grandes entreprises telles que "La Poste" ferment leurs bureaux dans les petites villes de banlieues.
Le monde va mal !!!!
Bonne journée

17 Oct 2019 5:29am

@ryse: le monde change. Les femmes lavaient leur linge sur les rochers de la rivière. Puis ils ont eu des baignoires et des planches à laver. Big vieilles machines à laver baignoire avec grands essoreuses à manivelle. Ensuite, certains ont commencé à laver et à sécher dans des centres pratiques où ils pouvaient "louer" une machine à laver à 25 cents la charge et une sécheuse à 10 cents pendant quelques minutes. Où font-ils laver leurs vêtements maintenant? Pas la rivière. Ils ont probablement leur propre laveuse / sécheuse financée par un magasin d'électroménagers à grande chaîne. Le monde n’est pas mauvais, mais c’est difficile.
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the world changes. Women washed their laundry on rocks in the river. Then they got tubs and washboards. Big old tub washing machines with big hand cranked wringers. Then some started washing and drying at convenient centers where they could "rent" a washing machine for 25 cents a load and a dryer for 10 cents for a few minutes. Where do they wash their clothes now? Not the river. They probably have their own washer/dryer financed by some big chain appliance store. The world is not bad, but it is hard.

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Lovely monochrome and textures. Nice light around too

17 Oct 2019 5:34am

JPA from France

compo et lumière extra! amts

17 Oct 2019 5:57am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Belle prise

17 Oct 2019 6:53am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

and there was me thinking it was someones name :) High street closures are a universal curse in our changing world.

17 Oct 2019 9:25am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Nice old shpp.

17 Oct 2019 9:51am

Le Krop from Charenton-le-Pont, France

Suranné, mélancolique et beau !

17 Oct 2019 10:09am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb composition and great atmosphere .

17 Oct 2019 12:06pm

Don from Spokane, United States

Your decision darken a bit is very successful, It does look somber indeed

17 Oct 2019 12:22pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle inscription et vue quel rendu et contraste avec cette inscription superbe
Belle soirée

17 Oct 2019 3:00pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Looks very impressive..old reliable as they say !

17 Oct 2019 3:24pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful light, tones and contrasts in this shot!

17 Oct 2019 6:02pm

Gary from Gwynedd, United Kingdom

It works equally well as social commentary as art

17 Oct 2019 7:24pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

I agree, the small towns are really suffering. This is beautifully photographed. Wonderful detail and I like how you reduced the color. I think that it really added to the image and the meaning behind this image.

18 Oct 2019 1:49am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

a fine old storefront

18 Oct 2019 11:26pm