Another day, another bus, another long commute. You’re lost in fragmented, overlapping thought, waiting impatiently for your everyday journey to end. It’s tiring, this repetitive aspect of your life- each morning punctuated by snapshot moments, fleeting thoughts and anonymous crowds. After a while, each day seems so similar that eventually it all just blurs into one. Now, Top Deck, a photo exhibition that launches this Thursday (12th January) at Downstairs at Mother London, is re-injecting some meaning into this routine aspect of our lives. An inspiring series of photos snapped by photographers Will Robson-Scott and James Pearson-Howes over two years on the top decks of east London’s buses, it redefines the morning commute. By translating commuters’ partial pensive wanderings into a photographic myriad, it captures the singular moments that we no longer notice, or appreciate. Certainly enough to make me think twice about burying my head in the paper. The London-based duo behind Top Deck was partly-inspired by street photographer Tom Wood whose series of photographs “All Zones Off Peak” captured the everyday, repetitive lives of Merseyside commuters.
Top Deck promises to be just as exciting and empathetic an observation- a reminder that even the most boring moments of our day have the power to astonish. It’s a fresh new angle on every morning’s routine monotony. Their work will be on display for two weeks at Mother (London’s hippest ad agency) on East London’s Redchurch street - as well as in a limited edition newspaper publication. So next time you’re doing the daily commute (tomorrow?), just open your eyes and look at the world around you as if through the Top Deck lens- you never know what you might truly see.
Purchase your own limited edition of the Top Deck publication at http://topdeck.bigcartel.com from the 12th of January.