AUBURN STONE

‘NOT TALENT BUT PLAIN CLEAN’

I have always liked being clean.

Wearing clean clothes and showering or bathing constantly. Living in a clean space. My room might be a mess but it is always a clean mess.

And for this, I blame my mum. Growing up so she could do the housework, she would put me in front of the washing machine to watch the clothes spin in their colourful cycle, or whites and blacks dancing in the drum of the machine.

Later in life other than being a photographer, I think I could have settled working in a launderette; be like Dot Cotton without the Bible references.
I love walking past the launderette and the smell of it.

Sometimes if I am lucky and have time to find an empty, unmanned one I like to just sit and read in the quiet spaces with the whooshing of the machines around me.
It's a warm womb-like space.

There you have one of many confessions.

Central Wash, Moscow Road.

Central Wash, Moscow Road.

Central Wash, Moscow Road.

This laundrette was near my family home and I would walk past it on my way to ballet, brownies, and swimming. It fills me with this odd joy. I thought I ran out of film when I took this and though typical and it finally fired as this cyclist flew past.

Plaza, Chepstow Rd.

I found this place wandering around Nottinghill before work and had to revisit it once I began taking these photographs. I tried to avoid dry cleaners but for this one, I just had to use it.

Plaza, Chepstow Rd.

Plaza, Chepstow Rd.

Central Wash, Queensway.

Central Wash, Queensway.

Central Wash, Queensway.

Claims to be one of the first coin-operated laundrettes in the UK.

Time 4 A Wash, Goldhawk Rd.

This place is actually pink with bubbles on the sign and is a kitsch beauty to see. Sadly my camera didn't agree and it whitewashed this sign.

Time 4 A Wash, Goldhawk Rd.

Time 4 A Wash, Goldhawk Rd.

This laundrette is called ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’, Talbot Rd. I took this photo as the woman came to the door seeing what I was up to and I hoped I got the shot.

My Beautiful Laundrette, Talbot Rd.

My Beautiful Laundrette, Talbot Rd.

Auburn Indiana Stone is a Falmouth University graduate on the Press and Editorial Photography course.

She admires a wide range of photographic genres from social documentry, fashion portraiture and especially photojournalism; which she encounters daily in her line of work. Out of the office her curious nature get the better of her and she photographs a wide variety of subjects from what people wear to exteriors of shopfronts and houses. She has been exhibited for numerous projects such as her project on a made up island an allegory for Brexit called 'The Island' which was exhibited in Hand Bar Falmouth and 71a Gallery Leonard Street. She has also exhibitioned a project on barbershop in Cornwall 'it started with a chair' in 'A Gallery' St Austell.

Check her out here.