Photos capture how people living in Hong Kong dry their laundry

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Photos capture how people living in Hong Kong dry their laundry



(Picture: Jimmi Ho)When you have limited space, you have to get creative.
For a lot of us wedged into tiny flatshares, that means storing stuff at our parents’ house and wedging our winter coats under the bed in summer.
Over in Hong Kong, where space is limited and many live in skyscrapers, a simple task requires some smart thinking.
How do you dry your clothes when you don’t have a garden or any space in your living quarters?
That’s a question that fascinates photographer Jimmi Ho.
‘Living in high-density places of Hong Kong, the space for drying clothes at home has become more and more narrow,’ says Jimmi. ‘Private spaces are compressed to the limit, which makes the rest of the public space more precious.’
Since 2017, Jimmi has wandered around Hong Kong documenting the spaces people use to hang their laundry outside, looking at how a method born out of necessity can be strangely beautiful.
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The end result is Laundry Art, a series of photos of clothes hung out on railings, benches, and playground equipment.
‘Citizens respond to their own needs and discover, create and utilize the public spaces that belong to them,’ Jimmi explains.
‘The art of clothes drying can be seen everywhere in Hong Kong. Some people carry their own clothes lines by skillfully using ropes and lamp posts, or ingenious use of the environment.
‘It is inadvertently adding vitality to public spaces. Although drying clothes in public places still have grey areas in the law, I sincerely admire the laundry skills and adaptability of Hong Kong residents.’

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