Washing Lines

J Forsyth

2005 - Ongoing

Argentina; Australia; Peru

Travelling gives you an insight into the different cultures around the world. There is a simple beauty to a washing line, shape, tone and textures with and without clothes hanging.

They are a statement and a symbol about feminism, women’s roles and domesticity. Socio-economics plays a role, wealthy communities banning them, compared to poorer areas where a line is strung between two trees for sunlight drying.

In Australia, the Hills Hoist - a rotary washing line has become archetypally Australian, a symbol of the average Australian, where we have come from and who we are now as a culture. The debate around energy and climate change means the use of clotheslines is very common instead of using a dryer.

As I have travelled and lived in different parts of Australia and the world, I am always drawn to photographing clotheslines, they say so much about the people that aren’t present in the photograph.

The series is a combination of 35mm photography and digital

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  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Montanita, Ecuador

  • Tabor, Australia

  • Tabor, Australia

  • Sydney, Australia

  • Hawaii, USA

  • Fitzroy North, Australia

  • Brunswick East, Australia

  • Lima, Peru

  • Fitzroy, Australia

  • Bittern, Australia

  • Bittern, Australia