A reader has brought to my attention some intriguing photographs by Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig of Soviet era bus stops. I know that it sounds esoteric, but these structures often in the “middle of nowhere” offered architects that rare moment of “out of the box” self-expression in an otherwise state-controlled artistic environment. Some are stark and imposing, some appeal to a sense of science fiction, and others are whimsical. In all cases you try to imagine people standing their waiting endlessly for buses. Many of these structures are crumbling and fading away and they would otherwise fade into distant memory and ultimate oblivion were it not for Herwig and his efforts. He has been photographing these structures for twelve years and amazingly has amassed images of approximately one thousand structures and a book of his work entitled “Soviet Bus Stops,” has recently been published.
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