Lay down your burdens

The Sofa -

(please click to view this nasty ol’ couch on black)

(title from the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack)

When I’m stormchasing, I can get very tunnel-visioned. I have a goal of where I want to get to and sometimes I’m unable to relax and just enjoy the stuff I see along the way. Of course, that usually depends on the situation, because other times I can be completely mellow and just go where the wind takes me.

This shot was from Labor Day and I believe my buddy Ken is the one who pulled the vehicle over. I was too busy being wishy-washy about whether we should run to Yuma or just hang out here.

Anyways…Ken took this big photography class from Mark Wallace not too long ago and one of his assignments was to do one big project on “something.” He decided to use me as his subject and basically created a little documentary/episode of the day in the life of a stormchaser.

So this couch. It actually doesn’t look that bad. But that doesn’t mean anything. It could be full of scorpions or God knows what. And yes…Ken wanted me to sit on it to get a posed shot for his project. I did it…but it was on the arm rest and I wasn’t very comfortable.

As for my photo…I love stuff like this. A desert landscape with something completely random throw into the mix to provide an awesome scene. Usually when I find some kind of “lost” element in my images, I really play with the tones and style of the image. I like to get crazy and give something like this a stark, post-apocalyptic look and feel.

What makes an image like this fun for me…it throws together two things I love: Weather and lost things. If you know anything about me, I rarely go out to shoot landscapes unless there are clouds, and mostly, stormy clouds. If it’s a blue sky, I wont even pack the camera. The other thing I love is urbex…farmex (gonna call this desertex for the fun of it)…stuff that has been abandoned or left for dead. So combining those into one image…well…that’s frakking awesome.

Have a great weekend!

(canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/16, iso 100 – buy print)

  • http://www.chrisnitz.com Chris Nitz

    I loved this shot when it came across my Instagram stream, and this is even better. I have a feeling some college kids drug this out there, to party and chug beer on, all while watching the sun go down and celebrating life, or just partying like you do in school 😉 No matter the story behind it, I love that you found it and captured it.

  • Mike

    Chris, so funny…see, I pictured someone just finding a place to dump their crappy sofa, and you instead pick an actual cool story that sounds a lot better to me 🙂

    Thanks man.

  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    You should of had Ken pose on the couch. 😉

  • http://www.curtfleenor.com Curt Fleenor

    Now that’s definitely a lost and out of place object! Dig the mood and composition too.

  • http://lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    I think I love this shot. Wait … I know I love this shot.

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    Sweet find man. Kinda surreal and dreamy in a way and the fact that this is so out of place reinforces that.

  • http://www.brianfurbush.com/blog Brian Furbush

    Very cool shot dude, so random but so awesome!

  • Capnschwartz

    Did you check the inbeteeen the cushions for loose change?

  • http://www.lensaltiel.com/ Len Saltiel

    I think it’s there for weary photographers. Great catch Mike.

  • http://www.cdeangelisphotography.com/ Chris DeAngelis

    Love the dark tones of this shot! I wouldn’t sit on it either…

  • http://toomuchglass.net Mark Garbowski

    These oddly abandoned chairs and sofas turn up in the oddest places. I love Nitz’s imagined story.

  • http://www.davewilsonphotography.com Dave Wilson

    I think it’s a national conspiracy. Someone is wandering around the country dropping sofas in strange places.