In the early 1970s, art student Daniel Meadows bought a double-decker bus for £360 and converted it into a mobile bedroom, darkroom and exhibition space. For 14 months, Daniel and his 'Free Photographic Omnibus' travelled around Britain, with Daniel offering free portrait sessions in 22 different towns.
He photographed a total of 958 people, the majority of whom remained anonymous and collected their free portraits the following day.
Daniel's time on the bus marked an important turning point for him; he came back with not just the 'national portrait of the English' he had aimed for, but an entirely new perspective on human nature.
He tells producer Olivia Humphreys the story of his 10,000 mile, life-changing journey.
Olivia Humphreys is a London-based freelance audio producer whose work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, WBEZ Chicago and Sky Arts. She was a winner in the Third Coast ShortDocs competition and was commissioned by Arts Council England to produce a half-hour documentary about dreaming of dead people, which was broadcast by radio stations in Norway, Italy, the UK and Ireland.
The Free Photographic Omnibus was first broadcast on Australia's ABC Radio National, 17 June 2016, and is presented by Radiotonic, ABC's Creative Audio Unit.
Celebrating twenty years of Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol.
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In the UK when we ask: "Where are you from?" we want to know a lot more than just your place of birth.
This story is about the England I come from.
Book. 1973. City Close-up. Wonderful English oral history done in Blackburn, Lancashire. The book by which all other books of oral history must be measured.