City’s launderettes have their own visual language, suggests amateur photographer

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In the latest in our series of articles showcasing the work of the city’s artists, HULL IS THIS editor Jerome Whittingham has been talking to Kenn Taylor, former creative director at Artlink, who has a fascination for a Hull ‘clothes care’ chain.

“I just noticed as I went around, especially as I walk or get the bus as I don’t drive, that there are these launderettes everywhere, and that they were super old-school.

“I think it was the intensity of the colours. If they didn’t look what I call ‘launderette yellow’, like the machines are, I probably wouldn’t have paid much attention.

“But there’s this orange, intense orange thing, and the fact that they look like they just hadn’t changed. They have this visual language, but they’re all slightly different.

“Yeah, I just saw them. And then I was like ‘how many of them is there?’”

Kenn Taylor was creative director of Artlink until late last year. During his time in Hull he became fascinated by the city’s Rex launderettes, and set out to visit and photograph each of them.

3 Queens Road

3 Queens Road

© Kenn Taylor

3 Queens Road

© Kenn Taylor

3 Queens Road

© Kenn Taylor

46 New Bridge Road

46 new bridge road

© Kenn Taylor

© Kenn Taylor

© Kenn Taylor

© Kenn Taylor

© Kenn Taylor

© Kenn Taylor

© Kenn Taylor

194 Buckingham Street

194 buckingham street

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© Kenn Taylor

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© Kenn Taylor

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© Kenn Taylor

222 Boothferry Road

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© Kenn Taylor

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© Kenn Taylor

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© Kenn Taylor

433 Anlaby Road

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© Kenn Taylor

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862 Beverley Road

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[Kenn Taylor – talking to Jerome Whittingham, editor]