Oct 032012
 

William came out of the house in front of which the two discarded pieces sat just as we were preparing to knock on the front door. Though he was on his way out—he hopped on his motor bike and drove away as soon as we took his picture—he seemed neither surprised nor inconvenienced by our request and readily sat down for a photograph.

Image and text by Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde, Discarded project.

Sep 052012
 

Zirui had arrived at the Lexington airport from China (via Detroit) three hours before we stopped him by the orange chair. He was already enrolled in a graduate program at UK. He had walked to the Kroger store on Euclid Ave from the Commonwealth Village Apartments on Nicholasville Rd (where a friend of his lived and where he was going to spend his first American night) to look for a pre-paid phone card to call his parents. Zirui was asking a passer-by how to find his way back to his friend’s apartment complex when we asked him to sit for a photograph. After taking his picture, we gave him a lift. We were assisted in finding the Commonwealth Village Apartments by two graduate students from Italy. One of them, a woman on a bike, led us all the way to the apartment complex.

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Jun 282012
 

We approached Dylan and Tesla as they were coming out to smoke a cigarette on the porch of their friend’s house. It didn’t take long to convince them to sit on the orange sectional across the street. They were headed to a concert in Berea where Dylan’s band was going to play as well.

Image and text by Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde, Discarded project.

 

Jun 062012
 

Though Melissa quickly agreed to sit in the brown velvet chair, it did not belong to her. It sat in the front yard of John, her neighbor across the street, in the midst of the flowers he grows each year, all of them native to Kentucky.

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May 022012
 

Karen’s family collected this couch two years earlier from outside another apartment on North Martin Luther King Boulevard. They prayed that it would have no bugs in it. It didn’t, but it quickly got infested by fleas from their dogs. They put it on the curb when they got a newer and smaller couch, after this one got shredded by the dogs.

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Mar 072012
 

We were not surprised to see Mick open the door of the house to which a neighbor directed us after hearing our strange request. She said that she would not sit on the discarded couch but that the people who lived a few houses down from her would most likely be game.

Earlier that day, Mick had spent time thinking about how he could get rid of a couch he and his wife owned.  Because they didn’t want to move the heavy, hide-a-bed on their own and because they like to support the Catholic Action Center, they decided to give it to them. In any case, Mick steeped outside in 22 degree weather even before we told him why we needed him to come with us to the curb.

Image and text by Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde, Discarded project.

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Feb 082012
 

Though the sidewalks were sheathed in ice on this freezing Sunday afternoon, Keturah did not hesitate to step outside and sit on the old chair for us. We met her at Metro Alternative Shelter Housing of the Bluegrass: home of the blue chair for 4 years before someone sat on it and broke it.

Image and text by Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, Discarded project.

Discarded project.

Dec 072011
 

Gary, Adreyanna, Cheyenne, and Garisha were playing on the stoop of a house across from the convenience store at 562 Elm Tree Lane. It was a beautiful fall day and they quickly agreed to dash across the street and sit on the discarded piece of furniture.

Image and text by Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde, Discarded project.

Discarded project.

Nov 092011
 

Daisy and Richie had already moved out of the house at 953 Delaware Ave. They had lived with this couch for 2 years and decided to replace it with a better one during their move to a new home. We were lucky to catch them while they stopped to see if there was any mail delivered for them in their old mail box.

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Oct 122011
 

Though later it turned out that the couch had belonged to Dalbert, when we first asked him if it was his—as a way to get to the follow-up question, “Will you sit on it for a photograph?”—he said he had no idea whose couch it was and continued to work on repairing his truck. We asked a few more people, all of whom said no. Before long, Alpha came out of the house, having just finished showering. She had overheard our questions and wanted to be photographed. Cleveland and his wife Janet approached at that very moment and asked if they, too, could be in the picture. Once the three of them expressed interest, Dalbert, too, joined the couch party.

Image and text by Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde, Discarded project.

Discarded project