Every few minutes of the day, all over the capital, people gather into small groups to share the same space and fleeting moment in time. Simply to wait for something routine and forgettable as a London bus.
In transient, with time to kill, and often amongst strangers, each collection of these individuals proves completely unique from the next. The way people take ownership of the space, how they congregate, is often better than anything an art director or photographer could ever deliberately replicate. Each collection provides a little insight into London's incredible diversity, how we relate to our surroundings, and each other.
These unlikely compositions bare similarity to the humanist scenes depicted by painters from the Renaissance era. A little moment in history which will never be repeated. The kind of event, street scene, and group dynamic which at the time we take for granted. Which only through the framing of the camera, and with the passage of time, might we see the extra value.
Whilst google's streetcar found little moments of humanity by accident whilst capturing the city streets. The very deliberate intention with this project, was to capture those little moments which happen spontaneously, when the meeting of individuals is completely left to chance. All within the confines or vicinity of a London bus stop, and repeated every few hundred yards, all throughout the capital.
Not only is it unlikely the subjects of these images will ever share the same space again. But over time, many of the scenes behind these subjects will change too. In fact, much has changed already, such is the pace and desire for change of this 21st century town.
All of these images were captured on film roll by Richard Hooker between 2001 and 2005. If you would like more information on this project, please send Richard an email. To see more of his work look here.