Tom Wood - Bus Odyssey
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First edition, original boards. 2001
"Bus Odyssey" is resplendent with humanistic images showing majesty in a banal everyday activity like taking the bus. BABY Magazine, Spring 2002 Bus Odyssey presents a set of images shot by the British photographer Tom Wood during 20 years of travel on the busses of Merseyside. Wood provides a visual impression of Liverpool's population: lined, weary faces, changing fashions, a rampant crush of day-trippers defied by a surly constructur. Although Wood has been exclusively photographing in Liverpool, his focus on human presence in public space is not documentary. The bus photographs are extraordinary on various levels: They create a view of the city from the human perspective of public transport. The streets, people and unspectacular situations they depict become of general interest. The bus itself is presented as a predominantly visual space, a metal box with vast areas of glass. The inherent narrative generated by a bus in motion seems suspended, with time unfolding in the pictorial space itself. ood takes us through the Merseyside of the eighties and nineties on a multi-dimensional conceptual and aesthetic journey that can honestly be described as Joycean.