David Drasdo has been fascinated by photography since the 1960’s, when he used to rescue negatives from the kitchen bin where his dad would throw them after returning from the chemist with the holiday snaps. His first proper camera, a Praktica MTL3 was bought in the late 70’s and was soon followed by an upgrade to a Pentax ME Super and then his own darkroom which was set up in the kitchen after tea. After trying most subjects and genres, David has recently been leaning more and more towards a street/documentary/reportage style of approach to his work, although he still does have a keen interest in all types of landscape photography.
“Wikipedia describes street photography (my personal favourite), as ‘photography that features the human condition within public places’. Sounds about right to me. I’m always fascinated by people and in all the varying forms they come in. I could sit for hours watching them come and go in all their different shapes and sizes all with different stories to tell…”
“Launderettes have been at the back of my mind as a photography project for a couple of years now, then back in February this year I drove past one on Queens Road (Hull) and had a eureka moment and decided to stop and have a go. Nice and traditional, no smoked glass, faded plastic seats, lots of chrome and brushed steel and frequented by mainly friendly people sometimes with a story to tell, which has been a big bonus while doing this still ongoing project. *The images in this gallery have been taken in Hull with the kind permission of ‘Launderettes Hull’ and ‘Trenhams’ of Scarborough.”
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