couch graffiti, Canon Digital Rebel

My friend Sabrina and I did a walk from the book Stairway Walks in San Francisco recently and now I’m hopelessly addicted. I walked for hours yesterday in a neighborhood I walk in almost daily, but had never seen all of its nooks and crannies. Seems we walk the same well worn path all the time and forget that right around the corner are new delights. {hello, nice metaphor}

I felt like I was traveling in a new city on a treasure hunt. Maybe you saw me yesterday? I was the girl grinning from ear to ear, sweating like crazy taking photos of dirty couches.

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  1. andrea

    mad love for this photo. graff writers will tag anything! but that’s what makes me love this photo so.
    and I’m behind anything that enables me to see everyday parts of my life with new eyes. sounds like an amazing walk…

  2. angela

    oh, here’s me on my way to bed. and this couch, it’s just like a perfect day.
    imagine all the stories it could tell. all the secrets it knows. kisses and cuddles shared. conversations overheard.
    or maybe all the people it’s met?
    my dear. this photograph is amazing. much like you for that fact. simple. complex. and a hidden treasure.

  3. Ali

    You could do a whole book of couch photography Andrea 🙂 – sounds like a cool walk.

  4. joy madison

    lovely…..ugly is the new pretty:) I love walking around cities and taking pictures….I have 3 kids so I don’t get much time to do it. Have fun discovering!

  5. Lisa

    love how you capture the ‘moments’ of life.
    thank you…

  6. mademoiselle a.

    I’ve read a nice quote this morning [can’t remember the person who coined it, though]:
    “If you’re pissed at life, then you’re not paying enough attention.”

  7. Allen

    I read something a long time ago back in school. A guy said that if life is dull or your stuck doing repetative things, just tilt your head or turn it slightly to the left or right, and now you see the “same ole, same ole” from a different point of view.

  8. stef

    How fun – I don’t have the book, but I’ve recently walked a bit around my neighborhood and found some very interesting, hiding places! It’s good to get out there and see a new way…

  9. Pamela

    I checked to see if they have a walking book of Portland, one which focuses on the city sights rather than the obviously sublime natural beauty we have here … there isn’t one. Anyone out there want to collaborate on a project? 🙂 What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, Andrea.
    I walk a lot with my two mad-hatter dogs. They sniff and bound from place to place, eating grass, shoving their noses is the daffodils that line the walk. They help me to get earthy about my environment. Nothing like a mouthful of runny mud to feel steeped in Mother Nature!
    Love the comment about angling one’s head to get a new perspective.

  10. djn1

    Wonderful. I particularly like the subdued colours and the oddly bright, yet diffuse lighting.

  11. Jennifer

    That is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, I absolutely agree!! I just bought a bike over the weekend, and plan on using it to commute to work, and had it in mind that I would take different routes to work for exactly the same reasons that you did your walk. I think it’s totally fun to try and get out there and see things in a different way…and if I ever get out to San Fransisco, I’m buying that book!

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