Sometimes it takes the eyes of a visitor to shed a new light on the ordinary.

Fernando Ramierez is a Chilean photographer who’s been spending a bit of time travelling around Wellington buses using the Daytripper ticket.

He started noticing the other passengers on the bus, and began talking to them and photographing them. This lead to his Daytripper photo essay series.

[I] soon realized that Wellington is a beautiful city not just because of the great architecture. It’s a beautiful city because of its people. Really kind, they let a complete stranger approach, take photos, learn about their lives and hope for the best.

Scoop has some photos online and also the photo essay available as a PDF. And there’s also Fernando’s Flickr group with the photos.