For the past few months, I've tried to work this image into the Beyond Layers class lessons, and it just never worked with the given lessons--until now! There's a lesson on choosing the appropriate base photo!
Here's the photo processing layer-by-layer :
Layer 1 - Background Layer
Layer 2 - Copy background
Layer 3 - Add Texture : Lost & Taken's Colorful Grunge 8 ; Soft Light blend mode at 66% opacity
Layer 4 - Add Texture : Sirius_sdz #2 from Texture Pack 14 - Soft Light at 56%
Layer 5 - Copy background. Use Crop Tool to extend canvas on one side.
Use Marquee Tool to select the new blank space. Add a Gradient Layer. Select appropriate color and make adjustments to taste.
Layer 6 - Text - Imagination. Dear Joe font - Soft Light - Blue color chosen from within the image. Rotated to fill side bar.
Layer 7 - Duplicate Imagination Text layer.
Layer 8 - Duplicate Imagination Text layer again. (This allows the gradient to bleed through to the text layer.)
Layer 9 - New text layer with Nabokov quote. Papyrus font 48 point; Zapfino 14 point for author attribution.