Why bus stops?

Public spaces, like bus stops, intrigue me – the openess of them, while retaining some sense of boundary and ‘container’.  They provide markers for people to congregate, in a way that does not happen at many other times – often for people unconnected in any other way, aside from wanting to catch the bus.  We may travel with the same people at the same time for months without ever knowing very much about them.

Bus stops are open, accessible, everyday places where time spent is on the way to somewhere else, they are transient spaces people spend time at. They are starting or ending points of a journey; everyday activities which become part of the hum drum of life.  The bus journey and the time spent waiting are places for escapism, where people daydream or plan their day ahead, mull over where they are going or where they have been.  They are internal spaces marked by public structures, open to the elements and without privacy.

Waiting for the Bus is interested in subtle shifts in perception, for example in capturing images which exist in those places and making the transient more permanent.  A lasting image of what was once there, like an echo.  I am interested in drawing attention to those unnoticed, but familiar places, and eliciting the viewer to re-look at them – playing with reality and perception.

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