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Soviet Bus Stops by Christopher Herwig: a unique photographic perspective of the former Soviet Union
Christopher Herwig Soviet Bus Stops

I can honestly say I never saw myself ever purchasing a book filled with photographs of bus stops from the former Soviet Union.  Truth be told, I walked past this book (I still actually visit book shops!) time and time again questioning why anyone would ever buy such a thing but as my love for architecture has grown I find myself seeking inspiration from places I had previously thought absurd.

Herwig’s photographs emphasise the vast array of architectural styles within such a genre.  Some are simple box structures while others display a militaristic zeal.  Many show religious or artistic flourishes while others are purely functional. Some are beautifully pristine and others lie in ruin.

Christopher Herwig’s fabulous Soviet Bus Stops contains photographs from fourteen Soviet states and his photographs from these countries provide a cultural, artistic and historical snapshot of the Soviet Union from a very unique perspective.

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You can see more of Christopher Herwig’s work here

You can also check out my inspiration for more book recommendations

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DETAILS: Title: Soviet Bus Stops.  Author: Christopher Herwig. Format: Hardback. Size: 160x200mm. Pages: 192pp. Photographs: 159. ISBN: 978-0-9931911-0-7. Publisher: Fuel (2015).

How do Fujifilm's film simulations affect the look and feel of your photographs?

I wrote a blog post a while back about this very topic but I was never really happy with it. Perhaps it was because the image I selected did not really emphasise how Fujifilm's fantastic film simulations can affect the look and feel of your photographs.  Sometimes this is dramatic while others can be more subtle.

Personally, I am huge fan of Acros and Velvia simulations but whatever your favourite they make a fantastic starting point in post processing if you are a RAW shooter like myself.

Stripping it all back: creating simple, minimalist photographs

As well as turning towards architectural photography I now find my self trying to simplify my photographs as much as possible.  I am trying to make simple, clean image, with a lot less post-processing.

I am really enjoying this challenge.  And it is a challenge; it is amazing how the urge to photograph 'the whole' can blind you to the more intimate shots available by spending just a little more time and searching out compositions.

I am trying to really focus on elements such as texture, shape, using line and shadow in order to create a more minimal composition. Let’s see where this takes me

I saw this shot of two doors while walking around town. I like the contrast of the colours and the brick work horizontals and the diagonals on the doors.

I saw this shot of two doors while walking around town. I like the contrast of the colours and the brick work horizontals and the diagonals on the doors.

I have to admit, I really like the 'facing' image below.  The composition is so simple.  White, black and grey, and I just love the contrast between the black lines and the light. I remember taking the shot and thinking this is the sort images I want to make from now on.  Simple, clean, and minimal.

What do you think?  Do you like this sort of photography?  Am I barking up the wrong tree?  How has your photography changed over the years?  Leave your comments below.