For many, it’s not about the destination but the journey. For photographer Christopher Herwig, it’s about the places people wait as they make that journey.
In an interview – bus stop creator Zurab Tsereteli commented on why his bus stops lacked function: Well, I cannot answer why there is no roof, why is this, why is that – it’s their problem. I, as an artist, do everything artistically.
Kootsi, Estonia – I found this one online and then located it on Google Maps. I got here in the middle of the night so slept in the rental car a couple of days after Christmas 2013 and waited till the sun came up to photograph it.
An early favourite of mine and the cover of the book. In the middle of empty fields on the road near Taraz, Kazakhstan. Whenever i see it i think it is going to bite me and remember a fantastic road trip around Kazakhstan.
On the roads towards Sochi from Gagra. Georgian artist Zurab Tsereteli created this wave overlooking the Black Sea in the disputed region of Abkhazia.
Along the Silk Road, south of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, on the road to the Uzbek border, again with no homes in sight.
Another fanciful creation in Armenia, in the town of Echmidazin. There seemed to be a strong desire to push the limits if concrete construction were to achieve magic.
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan, near the holiday resort lake of Izzy Kul. I love the fact that the benches are tucked under the wings in some attempt to be functional.
The most isolated bus stop on my travels, just south of Aralsk in Kazakhstan. I don’t think we had seen a house in a long time. The whole landscape was fantastically empty except for the bus stop.
Near Charyn, Kazakhstan, towards the Chinese border. Despite being isolated, someone has taken the time to repaint this.
Niitsiku, Estonia, near the Russian border. I did not believe this modern creation was from Soviet times as it is the only one I have seen with glass. However, once inside I saw carved into the wood a date from the 1980s.
This one is close to a town called Saratak in Armenia. I had been travelling all day around the countryside and although I was relatively pleased with the bus stops, so far it didn’t compare with how excited I got over this stretch of highway which was packed with amazing and original creations. For hours I had found little and then all of a sudden in what seemed like the middle of nowhere, there wer 3 of the most amazing bus stops within a few kilometres, each one completely unique and laid out perfectly on the flat farm land.
Celebrate the launch of Soviet Bus Stops
You are invited to join Christopher Herwig at the launch party for Soviet Bus Stops at Calvert Studios, London, on Thursday, 24 September 2015 from 7pm. All you have to do is register online and show up, by whatever means of transport you choose! Register now here.