I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD

Saturday, 14 April 2007

Somewhere in Portugal

Maybe this was Tomar, but if not, definately not far away. Probably too old to be painted in the mundane orange and cream colours of the state owned bus operator RN in Portugal, I was taking a picture of this faded and dusty, yet magnificent example of Portuguese flamboyant coachwork when two attractive women dressed in white appeared through the heat-haze from out of nowhere over the rise. It felt like a minor miracle but no I was not at nearby Fatima where we had already stopped on our Cosmos Coach Tour. After I had taken the picture of the old Volvo I looked over the hill and there was a whole new village nestled down the ravine.


Anonymous said...

I still remember these buses, they were so comfortable but so hot in the Summer. Thanks for the memory!

christopher said...

Hi Miguel, thanks for leaving a message it makes all this blogging worthwhile. Yes even though many people look down on transport photographers as being anoraks we record a part of everyday history that is worth preserving. Why should be go on holiday and all have to photograph the same old churches and sunsets. But it helps if we can take interesting photos to start with.

Pedro said...

Chris, this isn't at Tomar.
I think it's Mertola, in the Southern Portugal.