Blue Couch Green Wall

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Published! In JPG Magazine Issue 15
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© Paul Lavallee
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I noticed this strange juxtaposition while riding my bike on the bike path and came back another day to photograph it. Why such a blue couch was left behind such a green wall, I will never know. It was an image that I needed to capture on film.

I established a mood for this surreal scene by cross processing the tungsten film. Cross processing this film creates wild color shifts (see Point Street Power Station), but with these already saturated colors, the process actually softened them, creating the style I was aiming for.

Blue Couch Green Wall was was described as an "electric color study" on page E5 of the Providence Journal on 6/12/2008. You can read the article online here.

This photo was published by JPG Magazine in Issue 15 as part of my expired film story.

Juror Steven Holmes, Curator of The Cartin Collection, selected this image to be included in the Pawtucket Foundation Prize Exhibition at 245 Main Street in Pawtucket, RI from May 3, through June 28, 2008.

It was also featured at the 21st Annual Rhode Island Open at the Warwick Museum of Art from October 9 - November 3, 2007.

File Magazine added Blue Couch Green Wall to its collection of unexpected photography as file_2159in November, 2008.

Juror Deborah Bright, head of the Photography Department at the Rhode Island School of Design, selected this image to be part of the 20th Annual Open Juried Photo Show at the Wickford Art Association Gallery. The show runs from June 5 - 24, 2009.

Created using my 1950's AGFA Clack with 7 year expired Fuji T64 slide film cross processed with C-41. Negative scanned with an HP Scanjet 4890. No digital manipulation necessary!

70 responses

  • Nicole Gesmondi

    Nicole Gesmondi said (27 Jul 2007):

    The bottom looks fish eyed! I like ur color choice. Don't lie though. You moved that couch there and you painted the building! jk.

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee said (27 Jul 2007):

    I certainly couldn't be a professional brick wall photographer with the pincushion effect the Clack produces!!!

  • Trey Hill

    Trey Hill (Deleted) gave props (6 Aug 2007):

    love the tones your process created.

  • Anthony Mingo

    Anthony Mingo gave props (17 Aug 2007):

    Beautiful colors! I want that couch.

  • Marisa Gertz

    Marisa Gertz (Deleted) said (17 Aug 2007):

    i can imagine anyone from a post-apocalyptic tech princess to a 19th century wino sitting on that couch. very surreal looking.

  • Becky Forand

    Becky Forand gave props (23 Aug 2007):

    This makes me want to paint my room, hell my whole house, that color

  • Anton Stocker

    Anton Stocker gave props (27 Aug 2007):

    Great minimalism - love it.

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee said (1 Sep 2007):

    ****UPDATE 9/1/2007****
    The couch is no longer there! Damn, I wanted to take more photos of it. Perhaps that post-apocalyptic tech princess took it for her palace...

  • shomil shah

    shomil shah gave props (6 Sep 2007):

    brilliant! everythign just works so well in this, and im sure the fact that you chanced upon it manes it all the more special.. kudos

  • Cristina Cocullo

    Cristina Cocullo said (7 Sep 2007):

    how could i missed this! Paul this is such a great one! i dont know exactly what i like most... the color, the coach, the fact that everything is melting so nicely together... i just love it full stop!

  • melanie scott

    melanie scott said (10 Sep 2007):

    Awesome composition - I love working with antique & toy cameras and your shots are very inspirational!

  • tana nichols

    tana nichols said (21 Sep 2007):

    Great shot, I love it. Oh, and my green bench, and your blue couch should go an a date :-)

  • Teresa Nabais

    Teresa Nabais said (28 Sep 2007):

    Awesome, awesome composition.

  • -- --

    -- -- (Deleted) said (29 Sep 2007):

    love the color...the favorite of yours.

  • Roberto Papa

    Roberto Papa said (7 Dec 2007):

    Paul this is great, i love it! Thank you for your support. R.

  • Amber Lavallee

    Amber Lavallee gave props (3 Mar 2008):

    ahh, my favorite so far. [=

  • carla broekhuizen

    carla broekhuizen said (15 Apr 2008):

    Like it a lot Paul. I just bought my first dia film for my agfa clack. I hope to get results like this ;-)

  • Jason Schupp

    Jason Schupp gave props (12 Jun 2008):

    Love the color, and congrats on getting published in Providence Journal! :D

  • Jason Schupp

    Jason Schupp said (12 Jun 2008):

    Er, a mention! Congrats on the mention! :D (I followed the link after I left a prop.)

  • j dixon

    j dixon gave props (12 Jun 2008):

    congrats on your mention! This is a great photo. It deserves the mention.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (12 Jun 2008):

    Congratulations Paul!

  • Becky Cote

    Becky Cote said (4 Oct 2008):

    question, you have a huge print of this on your wall in your living room, where did you get that done and how much does a print that size cost to matte and frame?

  • Suzanne Cofer

    Suzanne Cofer said (17 Dec 2008):

    This is simply perfect.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (4 Jun 2009):


  • Cristina Cocullo

    Cristina Cocullo gave props (5 Jun 2009):

    you know already how much i love this pic! voted!

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (6 Jun 2009):

    Voted! Perfect!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (7 Jun 2009):

    Hell...Yeah! It rocks!

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (8 Jun 2009):

    Always loved this foto....nice to C an old friend again. Sorry 2 hear she got moved into the Tech Princess Palace, maybe U need to raid the Palace for some new fotos....Vot´d

  • Aelica

    Aelica (Deleted) gave props (8 Jun 2009):

    It rocks!

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (8 Jun 2009):

    back to vote :-)

  • sasha ormond

    sasha ormond said (9 Jun 2009):


  • Laurent Chantegros

    Laurent Chantegros gave props (12 Jun 2009):

    perfect for the theme, voted

  • Sandy Edgar

    Sandy Edgar gave props (13 Jun 2009):

    Good find, well done.

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (17 Jun 2009):

    This is a great picture. You win. Next category...

  • Yohana Ruiz Dávila

    Yohana Ruiz Dávila (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    I love the green wall, it's a nice shot, colors, got my vote

  • Starr Smith

    Starr Smith gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    Great tones!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (19 Jun 2009):

    thank you for sharing your old school post processing...and old film ;o)

  • Vidyavati Chandan

    Vidyavati Chandan (Deleted) gave props (19 Jun 2009):


  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (19 Jun 2009):

    AWESOME!!! Voted of course

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (24 Jun 2009):

    definitely Yes...

  • Hector Ortiz

    Hector Ortiz gave props (24 Jun 2009):


  • Jeff Clark

    Jeff Clark gave props (25 Jun 2009):

    This has been a fave of mine for a long time so of course it's a yeah!

  • Francesco Torrisi

    Francesco Torrisi gave props (27 Jun 2009):

    voted !

  • Pinto NH

    Pinto NH said (2 Jul 2009):

    Film! Beautiful. I like this picture. Nice color & composition

  • dana io

    dana io gave props (4 Jul 2009):

    exquisite, v

  • ina:botao

    ina:botao (Deleted) said (4 Jul 2009):

    my vote of course!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (5 Jul 2009):

    Wonderful picture! My vote

  • Bob Douglas

    Bob Douglas gave props (7 Jul 2009):

    damn you sure do work hard at making an image - very cool picture

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (7 Jul 2009):

    Interesting, great find and capture. Rocks! dp

  • ! ! ! Carolina Quijada ! ! !

    ! ! ! Carolina Quijada ! ! ! gave props (9 Jul 2009):

    Very cool for this theme :)

  • Christina Looker

    Christina Looker said (9 Jul 2009):

    awesomness! you're so good!

  • Camille Susak

    Camille Susak gave props (20 Jul 2009):

    Very cool~


    JOE FAILK gave props (23 Jul 2009):

    Very well composed! Vote

  • Dawn Duffield

    Dawn Duffield (Deleted) gave props (27 Jul 2009):


  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (27 Jul 2009):

    Excellent - my vote!

  • Dennis Claxon

    Dennis Claxon said (11 Aug 2009):

    got my vote

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (14 Aug 2009):

    This is a great piece of work Paul, I voted for it.

  • conchita. del. mundo.

    conchita. del. mundo. gave props (17 Aug 2009):

    excellent pick for the theme. one of your best.

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (21 Aug 2009):

    Fantastic work ... my congratulation and of course my vote !!!

  • Ognjen Karabegović

    Ognjen Karabegović gave props (22 Aug 2009):

    Exwlent and ceative photo.

  • Mig

    Mig said (26 Aug 2009):

    love, love, love this shot!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (26 Aug 2009):

    Nice, voted

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (28 Aug 2009):

    my favorite of all of yours..however I still adore the mossy barn....the colors here are superb - a little polaroidish in coolness - of course your juxapositional views are fabulous - yeah !!!!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (28 Aug 2009):

    oh, back to vote.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (28 Aug 2009):

    Cool find--nice capture (Sorry, did you want it back?):))))

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (11 Sep 2009):

    awesome work... this gets my vote!

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (11 Sep 2009):

    Different enough ... voted.

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (11 Sep 2009):


  • francesco scipioni

    francesco scipioni gave props (11 Sep 2009):

    what a wonderful shot!

  • Epin Hervin

    Epin Hervin gave props (17 Aug 2011):

    I'm on a self-obsession to downloaded all published photo at JPG Magazine. I did it because I don't have a credit card to buy it :) By the way I lost the photo of JPG Magazine's cover photo of issue 8 & 9. Anyone, please tell me if you know it. Thanks :)

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