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What can I tell you about an abandoned sofa? Not much I guess, other than to tell you that a) it was taken at the abandoned feed mill at Johnson City (TX), and b) is one of Libby's favourites from my trip.

Dave has also posted his version here. He's gone for a slightly less surreal image, and shot from a different angle, but I think it's an equally effective image.

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comment by Jonny Law at 05:22 PM (GMT) on 13 February, 2011

Favorites from your trip?? I think this might be an all time favorite for me.

comment by Christiane Nicely at 05:25 PM (GMT) on 13 February, 2011

Amazing! The purple leaves are an interesting touch.... kinda mystical!

comment by Mat at 06:00 PM (GMT) on 13 February, 2011

I like this too - but unlike Christiane i'm not so sure about the purple leaves.

comment by Chris at 06:06 PM (GMT) on 13 February, 2011

You seem to find something abandon and interesting no matter where you go. Without knowing you were in TX, I would have expected an abandon sofa on the beach. Interesting twist to the color toning. All you now need is the abandon television, in which you did find one of those on the beach.

comment by Dave Wilson at 06:15 PM (GMT) on 13 February, 2011

Nicely done, David (as we expect). I've posted my version today too just for comparison. I like your framing a lot better, though.

comment by Libby Nightingale at 06:29 PM (GMT) on 13 February, 2011

I think this photo deserves a title....."untitled #115" doesn't do it justice!

comment by Carlos Garcia at 03:41 AM (GMT) on 14 February, 2011

You found my couch!
Surreal and very nice.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 03:43 AM (GMT) on 14 February, 2011

Title #1: "A little to the left please..."

Title #2: "Where is my house?"

comment by Helder Ferreira at 07:36 AM (GMT) on 14 February, 2011

I like it. Minimalist.

comment by Pau Blasi at 09:45 AM (GMT) on 14 February, 2011

I really love this selective but globally well-balanced toning, well done.

comment by Olivier Rault at 10:10 AM (GMT) on 14 February, 2011

Fantastic shot, well done ! I love it, great job !

comment by Kevin P. at 11:44 AM (GMT) on 14 February, 2011

Magnifique composition et superbe traitement ! Belle imagination et réalisation impressionnante !

comment by Phillip Moore at 05:25 PM (GMT) on 14 February, 2011

Were you just visiting Austin or were you doing some teaching? I wish I had known, I moved to Austin 2 years ago, and I've yet to engage with the photo community here.

comment by Piet Osefius at 10:44 PM (GMT) on 14 February, 2011

This gives me a surrealistic feeling, great capture!

comment by Katherine Hopkins at 02:17 PM (GMT) on 16 February, 2011

I like the contrast between the overpowering red and dark, depressing grays in the background. Did you photoshop this to make the contrast more apparent? I also like how the couch isn't exactly centered, but slightly over to the right of the frame.

comment by djn1 at 03:08 PM (GMT) on 16 February, 2011

Chris: yep, a TV would have been good :)

Dave: I think your version works well too.

Phillip: I'm hoping to be back out in Austin for another workshop, probably next year. In the meanwhile though you should hook up with Dave Wilson. He organises a range of workshops and has good links with the rest of the photographic community.

Katherine: if you hover your mouse over the 'show the original' link beneath the image (bottom-right) you'll see that the post-production was quite extensive with this one.

comment by Claus Petersen at 06:41 PM (GMT) on 16 February, 2011

This is out of Alice in wonderland :-)

comment by Tommaso at 07:52 PM (GMT) on 16 February, 2011

great surrealism, great done!

comment by Roy at 11:12 PM (GMT) on 16 February, 2011

I like this Dave, but it did give me a flashback - ever seen this project?

comment by Charles at 06:27 PM (GMT) on 11 March, 2011

Abandoned sofas are cool. The stories they must have. Love the selective colouring in this shot. Really nice. David.