PRESTON BUS STATION
"It was while living in Preston that the city’s imposing Brutalist bus station – built by Ove Arup and Partners in 1969 – first caught Hawkesworth’s eye. “About four years ago, I did a project with an ex-tutor of mine, where we spent the weekend at the bus station and produced a little newspaper filled with portraits of the teenagers we saw there," he explains...Two years later, however, Hawkesworth caught wind of plans to knock down the iconic station that had played such a big role in his success. "The demolition was imminent," he expands, "so I thought it was important to move back to Preston for a month and spend every day in the bus station taking photographs." The ensuing pictures read like timeless stills from a mesmerising film, brimming with fascinating characters, unusual angles and delectable colours. Here, as Hawksworth prepares to release the series in a covetable book format, he shares the stories behind his bus station adventures..."To capture the series, I spent every day in the bus station from around 8am until 8pm. The station is one big loop, and I just walked around it all day every day, just waiting for people to pop out at me. I tried not to think about it any more than that, it was just whoever would catch my eye in a particular moment. It was a centre for Megabus so if a bus comes from up North, it goes through Preston to go South, so there was always an influx of really interesting people coming through the station. When I found someone, I’d ask to take their portrait and that was it. To a certain extent, I was trying to be spontaneous about it; whether it was an old man, a kid with a funny haircut or interesting shoes – I just let anything be photographed."
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