Creating Beauty in the Mundane: Great Photos of Park Benches


While Jim Richardson famously said, “If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff,” it's also true that a good photographer can make beautiful images out of mundane subjects. Nothing shows that better than these photographs of park benches. There is beauty in everything if you know how to draw it out.

Park benches in Central Park by DeaPeaJay, on Flickr

Just watching the show . . . by NJ.., on Flickr

Freshly Fallen by Benson Kua, on Flickr

Equilibri precari by Arianna_M(busy), on Flickr

My park bench by Vince Alongi, on Flickr

[Criss.AC] Bench in the sun by Criss.AC, on Flickr

True friendship is sitting together in silence and feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had. by VinothChandar, on Flickr

Mary&Francy by Un ragazzo chiamato Bi, on Flickr

251.365 by mac.rj, on Flickr

Nobody Sitting by WTL photos, on Flickr

No one is waiting for me by hapal, on Flickr

Che pace… by The ReflexMan, on Flickr

sleeping. bench. seaside. by rafaj, on Flickr

Lazy Sunday by chris.vandyck, on Flickr

Parisian Bench In Winter by, on Flickr

Bench by mrhayata, on Flickr

Admiring the Queen by Armando Maynez, on Flickr

Horizontal in the Park by russelljsmith, on Flickr

Christmas Eve by chelseagirl, on Flickr

Untitled by eflon, on Flickr

The Lonely Bench by John-Morgan, on Flickr

Crooked Bench by Yogendra174, on Flickr

Bench of stone by d'n'c, on Flickr

A Seat in the Park by A. Strakey, on Flickr

Table and Bench by mrhayata, on Flickr

The long and winding park bench by JJ & Special K, on Flickr

Bench at dusk, Greenwich Park, London by hozinja, on Flickr
Time Waits For Nobody by José Manuel Ríos Valiente, on Flickr

Time Waits For Nobody by José Manuel Ríos Valiente, on Flickr

About Author

Rob is the founder of Light Stalking. His love for photography started as a child with a Kodak Instamatic and pushed him into building this fantastic place all these years later, and you can get to know him better here.
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Camera: Nikon D810
Lenses: Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

It was well worth the larger view on flickr – I hadn’t noticed the glasses in the image above! I suppose you have to leave ’em somewhere…

I’ve been shooting since early 70’s and it never ceases to amaze me how simplicity can invoke such a strong reaction (mood, feeling) in a photograph.
It’s the backbone of excellent art in our graphically complicated world…

Some really excellent shots. Here’s mine – I actually went and checked to see that he was still breathing as he didn’t move for quite some while… obviously worn out

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