The Car Wash

Chloe Massey photographs Bristol carwashes and their predominantly Polish workforce

Words by Chloe Massey

In parts of Bristol, such as Knowle & Totterdown, many of the carwashes can be found in disused 19th century buildings. Often on open empty roads, they stand next to a McDonalds or in the demolition gap created in a row of terraced houses. The people that work there shared their stories with me. Their current labour apparently a long way removed from their previous lives. Often from a military background these young men recently moved here from Poland and were working long hours to get by. Their humility and kindness reflected the heterogenous and humanistic nature of the area, and their labour and surroundings was a reminder of how the urban landscape is ever changing.

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