By the Bus Stop

A photography project, exploring the dizzying diversity of people, who, on a daily basis, occupy a little slither of space at one of thousands of London bus stops. Over time this became a body of work very kindly featured by It's Nice That, Esquire, Trendhunter, This is Paper Studio, Ignant, Shooting Film, The Morning News, Petapixel, and a special pullout printed in Lahar magazine.

The original write-up to the project is shared to the right, and a more complete catalogue of images, all taken between 2001 and 2005, and edited between 2006 to 2009, (many of them in London’s quickly changing East End,) is shared below.
“Every few minutes of the day, all over the capital, people congregate into small groups, to share the same space and fleeting moment in time. Simply to wait for something as routine and forgettable as a London bus.

In transient, with time to kill, and often amongst strangers, each collection of these individuals is completely unique from the next. The way people take ownership of their space, how they arrange themselves, is often better than anything an art director or photographer could ever deliberately replicate. Each image provides a little insight into ourselves, 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. And which only through the focus of the camera lense, 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's streets. From the very beginning with this project, the intention was to capture the little moments which happen by accident, when the formation of a collection of individuals is completely left to chance. All within the confines or vicinity of the natural linear frame of the bus stop, and repeated every few hundred yards, all throughout the capital.
For the people of London, both the cityscape and it's commuters form an ever changing backdrop to their own lives. 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 individuals 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 by Richard Hooker between 2001 and 2005. ”