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“There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept.” -Ansel Adams

Photo by emperornorton

This article might annoy some of you. Others might cheer.

I’m tired of photos of park benches. No, not ones with people sitting in them. I mean plain old regular park benches like you find in — well — parks and at bus stops.

What do people do? Walk by on their way to the Eiffel Tower and think “Ah, screw the landmark. I’ll take a picture of this park bench. Never mind that it looks like every other park bench. It needs to be memorialized.” So they wait for the glorious blonde or tragically wrinkled old man to move and then they take a picture of an empty park bench.


OK, now that you have read my rant, you have a chance for revenge. If you have a picture of a park bench that you are particularly fond of, include a link to it in the comments. Punish me.

written by emperornorton


  1. why-yu


    Strange that you so think! It is possible to photograph any thing beautifully, here (on Lomography) it is a lot of examples of fine park benches and traffic signs and footwear... etc.

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  2. emperornorton


    @why-yu You can punish me with examples of park benches. I did ask for them. ;)

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  3. why-yu


    I punish ... ha ha ;)) http://www.lomograph(…)os/15022402

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  4. agenciafleur


    I understand your idea, but I think sometimes an empty park benche is full of loneless and beg for a shot. Depends the way we look at it. Great photo by the way!!!

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  5. igmaro


    I love pictures of railways abandoned, bustop with or without people, benches, a solitary tree beside a road or in the middle of the field. I dont like pictures of cathedrals, monuments or any city icon, but i did shot them too. :) .- Nice article.

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  6. maria_vlachou


    there you go, do you liiike it???

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  7. littlekoala


    I only found one bench among my albums, but I think that it´s not what you are looking for: http://www.lomograph(…)os/11976720

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  8. emperornorton


    @why-yu That looks more like some crates from one of the warehouses you like to explore than a park bench. @maria_vlachou Classic. @littlekoala I wouldn't want to sit on it. Might scratch the paint.

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