'Soap', Public Washrooms, Villasol, Spain 1997

I was staying in a tourist resort in Spain. This resort was a caravan site where many retired people from Northern Europe emigrated to every winter for some sun. Rows of caravans, each with an equally allotted amount of space, carefully coordinated curtains and awnings, each row named after a different Spanish town. People met each other at the designated washing up areas and shower rooms. The shower rooms were cleaned immaculately every day at 11am. One day shortly after the cleaner's visit I left six pieces of domestic white soap, purchased from the on-site shop, one placed in each cubicle. By the following morning three pieces had gone, two looked used and remained in place, and the other remained unused. Following the cleaner's visit that day all soap was removed.