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Our public transport system is not much of a system, and design is not high on the agenda of city planners.  Yet like every aspect of life here, someone, somewhere, gets a ray of inspiration, and something wonderful is realised.  The simplicity and elegance of our old bus stops, is an example of this.  To me, they are the ‘red phone-boxes’ of Kuwait.  Form and function sculptured into an icon.

This post is inspired by Mark’s project.  Since reading his post, I’ve been keeping an eye out for different types of bus-stops, and planning when and how I can take a few shots as my small contribution.  My favourite type is not the one he displayed on his blog, but rather this amazingly simple version – mixing steel and wood.  Apart from the ends, there isn’t a single right angle… genious!

Imagine my surprise (and horror) when I saw a discarded one on the side of the highway.  This was in Bayan on the slip road  joining 30.  For one (long) night I contemplated taking it home, restoring it and transforming it into a nice feature for the garden.  Upon closer inspection, it’s badly corroded and bloody heavy.

They will continue to replace these with the ugly, unimaginative yellow ones.  Some are donated by local co-ops, and in most cases these are a disaster!  I shall wait for the result of the project to learn more about the history and fate of Kuwait’s bus stops.  In the meantime, I want to share three more images of this ‘dead’ bus stop – now immortalised.  

Finally, the two photos below are for readers outside Kuwait.  They’re to illustrate how the bus stop stands.  These were taken in Abu Halifa’s coastal road, just before Mangaf.

19 Comments

  1. This is also my favorite one and I love the closeup shots you took. I’m still looking for the perfect one to shoot (perfect not in condition but location for my wide shot and haven’t found it yet.

    • What do you want the wide shot to have? Just a bus-stop scene or something else in the composition? Let me know what you’re thinking and as I said, I’ll keep an eye out.

  2. I like the colors and how you made them vibrant in the picture. Excellent work as usual.

    • It was overcast that morning – so perfect lighting for detail shots… Thank you.

  3. love the first one .. and great shots like always!!😉

  4. like the subject and the color

  5. took me sometime to figure it out, but i did before seeing the rest of the photos… i like it.

    • I know what you mean… Glad you liked🙂

  6. Amazingly crisp pictures Bu Yousef ! some of them would make great desktop wallpapers with a little bit of photo-shopping.

    what bothers me the most about the public transport system in Kuwait is when get pass a train of 10 buses cruising together, making unnecessary traffic jam(s).

    • Thank you.
      Buses are annoying to drivers worldwide🙂

    • Polar Panda
    • Posted 5 February 2010 at 2:01 am
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    It took me a while to know what it is and how it works! There is busing system? Great! Hope it does not fall on me when I stand underneath it. Now I see that overcast is great for details…

    • Polar Panda
    • Posted 5 February 2010 at 2:06 am
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    Hmmm…I have trouble to find the bus schedule on KPTC’s website…

    • I don’t think KPTC use a timetable… If they do, we’re about 30 years away from it being online.

      You will use a car 100% of the time, I’m afraid.

  7. زرت موقعك وكان توجد مميزه
    الله يعطيك العافيه
    مع تحياة المصور طارق مال الله

    • el wehbi
    • Posted 7 February 2010 at 12:27 pm
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    Amazing shots Bu Yousef! It’s sad to see how quickly we discard things in Kuwait. There is an unappreciative way of looking at things which is quite unfortunate.

    • Mathai
    • Posted 8 February 2010 at 6:40 am
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    Very interesting color and texture. Would make an interesting background for an red action figure.😉

  8. Amazing shots as usual but its sad the state of our transport system and they take no account of the aesthetics or maintain what they have. The co-op solutions are horrible!


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