Last Updated on November 1, 2021
Art comes in many different forms. From Renaissance-era paintings depicting historical wars to a banana taped on the wall – creativity knows no limits. The same can be said for the unusual yet thought-provoking project of the eccentric photographer Christopher Herwig called Soviet Bus Stops. Simply put, Soviet Bus Stops is a hard cover photo book which contains thousands of images taken by Herwig of the bizarre and unique bus stops scattered all over the Soviet Union.
A Weird But Interesting Journey
The first spark of inspiration came to Herwig during a lengthy bike ride from London to St. Petersburg way back in 2002. While on his adventurous travels, Herwig made it a habit to take one good photograph every hour he spends on his almost two-thousand-mile journey, and the initial results that came out of this ordeal were truly astonishing.
Herwig began to take notice of the weird, yet artistically designed Soviet-era bus stops that he encountered during his travels. Left behind by the times, these strange and colorful bus stops effortlessly breathe life into the deserted atmosphere which surrounds them.
And after 12 years and 18,000 miles worth of journeying across 14 countries of the former Soviet Union, Soviet Bus Stops was born. The limited-edition photo book is a bittersweet culmination to this decade-long documentation of unchained creativity and experimental architecture.