At first glance, the structures captured in the Soviet Bus Stops photo series look far from the roadside refuges many people are accustomed to seeing. More like sculptures and temples than public transit shelters, they are a refreshing change from the heavy block building and functional Spartan designs prevalent in this region. While overwhelming desire for conformity left little room for individual creative freedom, one exception involved these Soviet bus stops.
Photographed by New York-based Christopher Herwig, the Soviet Bus Stops series is filled with a variety of themes, the commonality of which lies in the colorful imagination it took to create them. Due to the end of the Soviet Union, some of these bus stops lie in disrepair, but most are maintained by locals as a beautiful representation of the past.