Creating Beauty in the Mundane: Great Photos of Park Benches

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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.

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Park benches in Central Park by DeaPeaJay, on Flickr

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

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Freshly Fallen by Benson Kua, on Flickr

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Equilibri precari by Arianna_M(busy), on Flickr

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My park bench by Vince Alongi, on Flickr

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

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

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Mary&Francy by Un ragazzo chiamato Bi, on Flickr

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251.365 by mac.rj, on Flickr

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Nobody Sitting by WTL photos, on Flickr

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No one is waiting for me by hapal, on Flickr

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Che pace… by The ReflexMan, on Flickr

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sleeping. bench. seaside. by rafaj, on Flickr

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Lazy Sunday by chris.vandyck, on Flickr

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Parisian Bench In Winter by thezartorialist.com, on Flickr

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Bench by mrhayata, on Flickr

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Admiring the Queen by Armando Maynez, on Flickr

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Horizontal in the Park by russelljsmith, on Flickr

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Christmas Eve by chelseagirl, on Flickr

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Untitled by eflon, on Flickr

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The Lonely Bench by John-Morgan, on Flickr

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Crooked Bench by Yogendra174, on Flickr

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

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

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Table and Bench by mrhayata, on Flickr

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

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Bench at dusk, Greenwich Park, London by hozinja, on Flickr

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

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

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Rob is the founder of Light Stalking. His love for photography pushed him into building this fantastic place, and you can get to know him better here

Is a bench better with or without someone sitting on it?! And has anyone who’s read this article NOT got a picture of a bench?! Surely everyone has? Here’s mine:

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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