Soviet bus stops in the lens of Canadian photographer
• The Soviet bus stops in the lens of Canadian photographer
For 12 years, Canadian photographer proezdil more than 30 000 kilometers by car, bicycle, bus and taxi to 14 countries of the former Soviet Union. All in order to find and capture the unexpected arise along the road of socialist art pearls - Soviet bus stops.
Christopher Herwig (Christopher Herwig) has started to work on his project in 2002, to challenge myself and decided to do one good shots every hour during a cycling tour from London to St. Petersburg.
Later, the photographer traveled from the Black Sea coast to the vast Kazakh steppes, taking unusual bus stop Soviet times. He visited Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Abkhazia, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Belarus.
"Despite all my efforts not to arouse suspicion, a few times I was accused of espionage and I miraculously avoided the trouble - says Herwig. - In Abkhazia, my driver accused me that I'm a Georgian spy and photograph sensitive material. He demanded a bribe, otherwise I would have been "in the police station, and from there straight to the firing squad." " Sculptor and architect Zurab Tseriteli who designed bus stops in Abkhazia, he said that the stop was conceived in such a way that people enjoy. The fore art and art objects. A Belarusian architect Armen Sardarov photographer explained why the bus stops in the USSR created with creativity:
"It so happened that the topic of my architecture - it is the road. Interesting topic. That is a road that does not aim to get from one point to another, and to have fun. Why are bus stops? We lived in a socialist world. In the socialist world individual transport is not encouraged, it is not very developed, we did not have the mass of cars, and the message should be. The whole system was based on bus routes. It is they who have joined the country. Those who worked in the road system, meet 1-2 times a year. I think their message was like this: they want individuality in architecture, tried to get away from the production, by some brutality to some personality ... Still ascended shoots of this culture. "
After his travels Christopher Herwig has published photo book "Soviet bus stops," which became so popular that the photographer has published its continuation. Offer to evaluate the flight of imagination creators stops Soviet times in 30 shots from the project Herwig.
New Lyubomirka, Ukraine.
Rostovanovskoe (Stavropol region), Russia.
Stary Oskol, Russia.
The Altai Mountains, Siberia.