3 Hangers

3 Hangers | Moses Lake, WA | December 2019

Things Ignored by Famous Photographers #3 | In a way, every clothes hanger is like a Picasso line drawing. The simple wire shape represents a human neck and shoulders onto which we drape a shirt or coat. A century of innovations — cardboard tubes, foam sleeves, wood not wire — have done little to improve the basic, one-piece design. It’s genius, really; a form so intuitive that its use requires little thought. Like pressing a button or opening a book. On this day, in this closet, these particular hangers seem a bit naked and exposed. “Here, take my jacket,” I say to one. Then add, “Wow, it’s a perfect fit.”