Feel like you spend half of your life waiting at bus stops? Do what Ross Edwards did, and make a hobby out of it.
Edwards' Instagram account, Bus Stops of London, captures everyday snapshots of London's bus stops, from a Harringay Sainsbury's to Waterloo Bridge, with the National Theatre as a dramatic backdrop.
Here, we ask Edwards about his unusual hobby, sharing some of his best snaps along the way.
When did you start taking photos of London bus stops? And why?
I first started taking the photos a year or so ago, and picked it up more frequently again this year. I'd had the idea for it as a series for a few years after first moving to London. After running a little dry on photo missions and subjects around the city, but still wanting to shoot regularly, I decided to give it a proper go to keep me busy.
What interests you most about bus stops?
They can work well as an insightful little window into the vastly different areas of the big city. That was what really spawned the idea for the series originally, just from observing out of necessity on my daily commute. It's a relatively uniform subject, but the differences in scenery and people are what I like to think still makes them unique from one another.
Do you have a favourite bus stop?
I don't have a standout favourite besides whichever one I'm getting off at after a long journey. But, as for the photos, it would have to be 'Waterloo Bridge/Southbank'. It's a stop I would frequent nearly daily during my uni years, when I first moved to London, and I think the photo itself turned out really nice and as I'd hoped.
Do you actually enjoy waiting for buses?
I would say it's a love/hate relationship for anyone waiting for a bus. But bus stops can definitely make for some interesting scenes and local characters. And also be a vivid reminder of hectic city life. Be it a welcome reminder, or not.
Check out Bus Stops of London on Instagram