Saturday, April 29, 2017

Homeless Sofas of LA



Looking at Los Angeles’s Abandoned Sofas

The New York Times  Mike McPhate  CALIFORNIA TODAY APRIL 28, 2017

The sofas are filthy, ugly, out of place — and oddly poignant.

Discarded sidewalk furniture is a fixture in Los Angeles. But for Andrew Ward, a photographer, they’re more than just trash.

 Images from Andrew Ward's photography Project 'Sofas of LA'

His project Sofas of L.A.” began five years ago as a hobby on Instagram. Since then, it’s grown into an obsession and led to international exhibits and plans for a book later this year.

“Most people who live in L.A., when they see a photograph of an abandoned sofa, to them it’s like, ‘Oh, my God. I know exactly’ — they can’t get the words out,” he said. “Because they understand it.”

Abandoned couches are not unique to Los Angeles. But their ubiquity has made them in a way synonymous with the city.

Los Angeles St., Glendale 

Monte Vista St., Highland Park
 
N. Ave 50, Highland Park 

Saticoy St, N. Hollywood 

York Blvd, Highland Park

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