What is your background?
going to school to be a journalist, I embarked on a career in graphic
design and art direction which lasted about 15 years, before I decided
to explore photography and visual art, which I have been practicing for
almost 6 years. But really my creative urge has everything to do with my
upbringing in Oklahoma, a place where you have to be creative to
What attracted you to these buses and how did you choose them?
The project actually began on a bicycle commute. I was riding
through the Champ de Mars, and several hundred meters away, I saw a bus
with an amazing rainbow graphic. In the days that followed, I couldn't
stop thinking about it, so I started looking around the city for it, and
in the process discovered more buses with even more incredible
graphics. By the time I finally found the source of my inspiration, my
interest in the subject had deepened to the point that I had started
shooting on my way to (and from) work every day. Generally, I stop and
shoot the ones that are the most interesting to me in terms of their
design, color palate, or originality. I also never shoot the part of the
buses which have typography mixed in with the graphic element.
Were you able to determine who are the authors?
Part of what attracts me to
the project is the anonymity of the designers, and the fact that they
are offered so much freedom. The question of who designed the graphics
and why they made these particular design choices fascinates me. As
evidenced in the project, these works are obviously free of rules and
stylistic constraints. Graphic designers don't typically encounter that
level of freedom, and I think it shows in the results.
Did you observe specific trends?
Lots of stripes, airplanes, and rainbows. German buses have a
lot of castles on them and Italian buses are very abstract and
colorful. Beyond that, it's kind of a mixed bag. I'm always attracted to
the ’80s-inspired, the colorful, or the odd – but you never know what
you're going to find – which is what continues to draw me to this
project. Every time I go out, at least half of the buses I see are new
to me. And, after all this visual research, I would love to step in and
design one myself.
Can you still wander a city without being obsessed by them?
now acutely aware of buses when I travel. Outside of the Eurobus
project (where all the buses are shot in Paris), I have another
collection of bus photographs from countries all over the world. Places
like Thailand, Mexico, Egypt, and the Bahamas, as well as most of the
other major European countries. Really, it's endless, and it's possible
that this project will become my life's work.
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