Clothes on the line

An artwork I made in 2011 called Walking in the Rain contained a line about how people (myself included) often get superstitious when they leave the clothes out on the hills hoist and go out: “Of course its raining, I left my washing on the line”. Yesterday, after temperatures reached 39 degrees in Earlwood and I was trying to finish corrections on an essay, the rumbling of approaching thunder was a sign of the imminent relief. Given my interest in the weather, I got extra excited and thought I would film the relationship between the clothesline and the encroaching storm.

<p><a href=”″>Clothesline</a&gt; from <a href=”″>Jennifer Hamilton</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

As a weather scholar I also believe that I have a good capacity to “read” the weather and know when it will storm. But invariably I am terrible at actually sensing the weather and rely on radars and predictions. Today, even worse, I was out in the storm and so preoccupied by the filming I had no idea it was about to rain buckets with very little margin for taking down the clothes. After this film I spent the next 15 minutes hanging wet clothes up on our undercover clothesline.

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