The secret world of south London’s night buses

A new photography book documents life on south London night buses.

Nick Turpin’s new series ‘On The Night Bus’ takes a peek through the steamy, rain-spattered windows at the city’s night commuters. Neon streetlights blur in the foggy smears to create painterly portraits that are both throwaway and intimate.

Turpin spent the last three winters in Elephant and Castle capturing the scenes through a telephoto lens.

The images have been compiled and published by an independent Hackney publisher, Hoxton Mini Press. Writer and journalist Will Self has written an introduction to the book.

It is the second in a series dedicated to the ‘best urban photography from around the world.’

“Turpin’s portraits [have an] eerie and painterly quality,” says a spokesperson for Hoxton Mini Press.

“The steamed windows of the buses create an optical illusion; softening and blurring the faces of those behind the glass, raising questions about voyeurism and public and private space.”

You can view a preview of ‘On the Nightbus’ here.

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