To get some inspiration for this project I have looked at the artist, David Meadows and his Photobus.
"Once upon a time I lived in a double-decker bus, reg 404, known as the "Free Photographic Omnibus". She was my home, my travelling darkroom and gallery" Daniel Meadow, Photobus website.
Documentartist - One who “In attempt to make sense of times in which we live, engages with others the gather, create and present - with a few fictional additions as possible - stories made out photographs and/or oral testimony” - Daniel Meadows
The Photobus is a collection of black and white images, whilst traveling for 14 months (began in 1974) around the UK, photographing the English. David Meadows traveled to 22 different Towns and Cities, including places such as Southamton - is23meadanr1.jpg this is a picture of Lyn and Stella Brasher, who are sisters from Southampton and photographed 958 people. David Meadows the bus for £360, investing everything into the bus. He toured around England taking pictures of the everyday and ordinary people of England. After David had taken the photos he would develop them that night, the next day the people would come by to see the outcome of the photographs and David gave them to the people for free. David was able to do this due to marketing, advertising and sponsers. Whilst in school David took latin and knew that the word “Omnibus” means “For all the People”, so the name “Free Photographic Omnibus” was created. The title links in with the images and his methods, free photograph for all the people. He would set up on highstreets and in shopping looking for people to photograph.
Back then David classed himself as a bit of a hippy and when photographing his subjects he wouldn’t ask for names and applied no lables. This however made tracking those people 25 years later a little differcult. He turned to local newspapers such as the “Harthepool Mail”, they published “Every Picture tells a Story” with all the pictures asking “Are you in these photos from 24 years ago?”. Gradually people made themselves known, a combination of good responses and a few bad. One man replied “You can’t do that without permission, right?” he summed up Documentary Photography as “Predator or Collaborator?”
Looking through Davids work, I has a fondness towards his work, the concept of photographing the everyday people of Britain and the soft black and white images capturing the people. And the idea of touring the bus around as his moving home, studio and gallery. The bus itself is a British icon and links into our own exhibition idea, could we use the bus as a tour? Or would it be best to have it stationary? Personally I think stationary would work best for us, however the concept of photographing people that come by could be interesting. Even if we do not use this as an idea, we could photograph the viewers that come to the exhibition.
OmnibusDaniel.ashx If you look at this image of David and the bus you can see the images framed within the windows, this is one way we could present the images to the public. Should we present photos on both the inside and outside of the bus (inside and out on the lower level of the bus)? so that people can walk inside and tour the outside or should we contain in the images for internal viewing only? This is something we could take into consideration.
Looking at Davids work ha given me some inspiration and I have found it interesting to see how someone else has used a bus in a gallery format.
http://www.photobus.co.uk -David Meadows website