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John and I went for a walk along the beach this afternoon – between Blackpool and St. Annes – and came across this TV. Admittedly, it was a little further up the beach when we found it, but it would have been dark by the time the tide came in so we took the liberty of moving it. I think that John will be putting up a similar shot this evening and I'll be putting up a black and white version tomorrow.

Oh, and many thanks to John for lending me his 1Ds for this shot. My batteries had gone flat so I had to beg a few shots with his camera. I suspect he won't let me forget it in a hurry ;-)

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comment by bea at 08:36 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2005

yo, i be watchin that channel all the time, son!

comment by Sean at 08:43 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2005

Killer. I might actually buy this print.

comment by Phil at 08:48 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2005

How random.
I like the silky water in the foreground and the light on the tv is perfect.

comment by Viking at 09:08 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2005

Wow, that makes a great commentary on the human addiction to the idiot box. Lovely colors. Out of curiousity, did you remove it from the beach afterwards, or leave it for other people to trip over?

comment by Matthieu at 09:18 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2005

perfect, congrats

comment by tamONLINE at 09:22 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2005

It is quite random, and you seem to find the most interesting things to photograph at the beach! I don't know how you do it. That being said, its quite good. Its just very very odd.

I like it but is there more to this shot that I just don't get?

comment by Jem at 09:36 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2005

That's awesome Dave! That has to be one of my favourite photos of yours! (I have so many though >.<). The lighting, the colours, the reflection, the rust on the TV. It just all works together in such harmony. I love it!

comment by punks at 09:50 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2005

I like your's better than John's. It would be more impressive if tv is clean.
Do you always make photos in RAW? What difference does it make?

comment by bmoll at 10:04 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2005

What to say - the colours and the light are simply great. Congrats for a wise making use of the situation and many thanks to John, without whom there'd be no photo :).
PS: Nice vignette, though :)

comment by ps at 10:05 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2005

old tv, old broom... hmmm

comment by Kevin at 10:31 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2005

I visit every evening but rarely comment, but couldn't let this one go by.......Perfect.

comment by Maxine at 10:57 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2005

I just cannot belief in what you find out in your way! Amazing! And the most amazing, right place, right time, right eyes and superb photo! Could write an essay about this pic.....say so much about everything and anything. Congratulations!

comment by Jorge Lesmes at 11:31 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2005

People is crazy... How can you leave a TV in a beach... We are destroying nature. Great pic though..

comment by Mats at 11:57 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2005

Very weird. Nice shot.

comment by miles at 12:09 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Great low angle and colour, really some beautiful treatment here Dave. Hope you had a good christmas!

comment by Mark D at 12:19 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Excellent shot. It's very surreal. I like the angle you've shot at as it provides a wonderfully slick surface to the sand and water.

comment by RustyJ at 12:39 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

That's why there were no footprints in John's photo.

Hope you two are friends again. ;-)

Great photos both.

Thanks again.

PS: please tell me you two didn't leave the tele there!!!

comment by Ed { tfk } at 12:57 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Along with the broom, great shot - I imagine this series of things found on the beach could be an entire book.

comment by chris at 01:01 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

One of my faves of yours of late.

comment by nuno f at 01:08 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Cool! An Hitachi television lost in the sand. Do you think that there's an 42 inch LCD somewhere on that beach?

This is an amazing shot! The colors are absolutely fabulous and the sharpness and contrast is better than ever. I see that a fantastic photographer like you and a Canon 1Ds are a great combination.

comment by jezblog.com at 01:28 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

The beach, it continues to be an amazing inspiration to you! Fantastically surreal nice one! I can tell you have never been a photojournalist: "I moved it into the sun", just like that, without a flicker of conscience, or a moments lost sleep. Well worth it for you, great image, Its just....... I simply couldn't have done it for weird personal reasons of scruples and a 'make it hard for yourself' belief structure that other people most certainly don't have to live by, just as well in this case!

comment by hendra at 01:57 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Great, amazing what you could find at the beach.
Simple and it definitely makes a nice photo.

comment by Pooh at 02:23 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Truly unique and surreal!

comment by Enike at 03:06 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

I like it. It has a Holga-esque feeling to it but cleaner in focus. Very nice.

comment by jet at 03:46 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

amazing shot! i wish i would come across strange random great looking scenes like this.

comment by matt at 04:37 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

this is where they all belong! I especially love the crisp reflection and the junk all over the screen. great shot, have a great new year!

comment by Dennis Rogers at 05:03 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Awesome juxtaposition, color, surface clarity, and surface contrast. Love it.

comment by michael sarver at 05:10 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

lovely colors and composition! nice work once again!

comment by Jarama at 05:23 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Jesus dude, do you ever get tired of being brilliant?

comment by Jen at 05:26 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Great shot! I really like how sharp and out of place the TV appears to be.

comment by cycle60 at 05:36 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

as someone who works in television, i get a pleasant sense of irony from this photo. i feel a need to hang a copy in my avid suite.

comment by Fabio Peñafiel L. at 06:05 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

cool pic :)

comment by silviu parjolea at 06:28 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

i've been watching your fotoblog for quite a while now and i love your work.
i'm trying to become a better photographer myself, but it'll take some time.
and a question (i just love the design of your webpage) would it be very hard to make my fotoblog look something like yours?
thanks in advance!
and A Happy New Year!

comment by peter cohen at 06:46 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

I find myself longing to duplicate this shot more or less exactly, except with the TV actually functioning (which would take some doing, but as with most things, probably eventually possible). I don't see that as in any sense a "better" version of the shot or competing with it in some way (yours is perfect for me in its own right), just a picture my own mind spins up out of the one you've already made (which is how almost all art works anyway, on some level or other). The one with the TV working could actually be a film too... simply the sea lapping these little wavelets and moving in gently, eventually (I would suppose) drowning/shorting out the TV more likely than not. (But that doesn't mean the film would necessarily have to stop immediately at that point either.)

BTW, that a piece/work sends the mind(s) of its' beholder(s) scuttling off into previously unperceived corners and avenues is for me one of the criteria that I usually expect good (by which I mean durably valuable) art to meet.

I thought about what art is (since it is a topic which appears with some regularity here and in other similar venues) [FWIW, not that it matters, I have been an artist in several disciplines over several decades, and have thought/listened about the question a lot]... It seems to me that it is anything that some number of people can agree to as art. If there are seven thousand people who experience/perceive a thing (or activity) as "art", then for that seven thousand, it is. If there is only one person who thinks of/experiences a certain thing or activity as art, then for that one person, it is.

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comment by Justin at 06:53 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Great shot. I love the colors and the lighting. I agree with Peter. It would be very cool if there was something playing on the TV. I think the sand across the screen really adds a lot to the statement of the photo.

comment by PhilB at 07:51 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Fantastic shot and lighting - everything works together brilliantly.

comment by Simon C at 08:27 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

A fantastic shot. The evening light really makes the TV glow and the texture of the water is perfect. I wonder if a wider angle would have produced a grander sense of space?

comment by Rachel at 08:37 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

This is quite possibly the best photo yet. In the history of the world.

comment by gamecat at 10:22 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

there's sunset on

comment by stephanie at 11:14 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Amazing shot! You don't come across this often; even if it is set up! A great angle and the reflection is perfect!

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comment by Navin Harish at 12:58 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Brilliant. I have the shot put up by John as well. It looks good but I personally prefer this one.

comment by Budi at 03:17 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Like always, it's a great shot :)

How was 1D, Dave?

comment by Chris Clark at 03:44 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Good use of color and horizon!

comment by Francesco at 03:46 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

what a great capture!

comment by Dan :: genestho.ca at 03:58 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

I sometimes feels repetitive commenting on your photos David, seeing so many folks have usually already said what has moved me, but that's my thing... ;) This is a wonderful capture. I absolutely love the finishing (post-processing) you do with your images, including this one. My wish is that you'll one day write a book that I can buy or download!

comment by Berit at 04:00 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

wow - it’s a great shot.

comment by Lynn at 05:32 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005


Dave - your site has inspired me!! I want to take pictures, as a

complete beginner what camera would you recommend, I'm not rich

but can afford a reasonable amount!!

Thanks for the great shots!!

comment by Fouad at 06:08 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

This shot had my heart racing... I can't even comment on it. This will have to be hanging on my wall. Thank you for your art. You just made me jealous, and made my day too.

comment by John Washington at 06:17 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Great shot Djn - are you sure that this is the one you took ;-)

comment by Iron Flatline at 06:30 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Long time observer, first time commenting:

Very good. As a photo-hobbyist who makes a living working in the entertainment industry in LA, the photo speaks nicely to me. I will probably by a copy, and hang it in the lobby. Somehow it makes me think of Newton Minow, and his reference to the vast wasteland that television can be.

comment by Jan at 07:32 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

gorgeous. the light is fantastic

comment by Sharla at 08:12 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

A gorgeous, wonderful, thought-provoking shot. Technically excellent on many levels; it could stand as a great photograph without any additional exploration.

However, there is so much room for exploration! I think the title is perfect. Whether you see the scene as the world outside the tunnel-vision of TV watching, or a that TV content is a barren, infirm world, it stretches the mind.

Don't turn that TV on -- it's Pandora's Box!

comment by djn1 at 08:25 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

Thanks everyone.

As for the various questions about what we did with the TV: I'm afraid we left it there. Had I been out for a walk (without my camera), I would probably have removed it, but, given it's status as a photographic object, we abandoned it as we found it.

And I would reply to the rest of your comments but I'm two thirds of the way through laying a laminate floor, and it's already half past eight in the evening :-/

comment by Adriana at 09:14 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

NOt a very common place to abandone a tv right. You did an excellent shot with this one, as always ! CONGRATULATIONS ! :)

comment by nogger at 09:47 PM (GMT) on 29 December, 2005

This makes me angry. Not the photograph, that's great as usual. A perfect metaphor for the way we treat, and view, the world.

comment by Clay at 04:25 AM (GMT) on 30 December, 2005

So, would you be intersted in upgrading to the 1Ds? I've had my 350D for 3 1/5 months and I'm already leaning on finding a 1DMII - mostly for the speed of the thing.

Terrific shot though. On many levels; not the least of which - metaphoric.

comment by peter at 06:50 AM (GMT) on 30 December, 2005

I think this is my favorite of the two telly shots. The warm light really does it for me.

comment by tobias at 02:52 PM (GMT) on 30 December, 2005

Light, composition and saturation are perfect. | think | Prefer it to the B & W one.

comment by claus at 07:07 PM (GMT) on 30 December, 2005

perfect angle to take that shot. same goes for colors and light. one of my absolute favorites this autumn/winter @ chromasia.

comment by welshwitch36 at 09:11 PM (GMT) on 30 December, 2005

Simply stunning :-)

comment by Flor at 05:26 PM (GMT) on 31 December, 2005

che, aca hablan todos in english ?'?? esto es una falta de respeto
en cuanto a la obra, me parece que esta muy buena

comment by flying cow at 12:10 AM (GMT) on 1 January, 2006

ooh i love this better than the black and white version!

comment by Ryan Rahn at 01:46 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

Great reflection and colors!

comment by Samantha at 06:41 PM (GMT) on 13 January, 2006

Get your money for nothing and your chicks for free.

I want my----I want my-----I want my MTV!

That's the first thing I thought when I saw this picture.

comment by Stephane Amaimo at 12:53 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2006

Perfect composition, gorgeous tonality and colours.

comment by dag at 02:38 AM (GMT) on 27 March, 2008

Impressive capture. Once again, nothin' on the tube. :)

comment by Matt at 01:33 PM (GMT) on 2 April, 2008

Congrats on the Noteworthy @ photofriday. But hey its old hat now right.

comment by picturegrl at 04:33 PM (GMT) on 3 April, 2008

I loved this shot, djn1. Voted for it and was glad to see it got a noteworthy. Not just an interesting subject, but flawlessly executed, as usual. Excellent work.

comment by kami at 05:07 PM (GMT) on 14 September, 2008

ive seen some good pics in my life so far but this one...this one is simply stunning...

comment by liv at 10:07 AM (GMT) on 11 February, 2010

this is such a great shot (:
My sister found your site was unblocked, in compariosn to most of the sites, on school computers,
and i find time every day to take a glance at your amazing ability to photograph such insignificant things in such a beautiful way.
keep up the good work

comment by Christian at 08:01 AM (GMT) on 9 March, 2010

Great shot and absolutely nice idea!