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

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Grey Clouds Gather over Dresden

Capitalist neon signs do little to hide the bland ugliness of unimaginative Communist Architecture in Dresden, and though modern privatised buses enjoy the bright sunshine and the welcome revenues from bus advertising dark clouds are definitely looming to spoil a reasonably varied and stable scene. Sweeping across Europe like locusts come the big bus groups from countries such as England and France with Arriva and Connex waiting to devour both big and small road and rail concerns including most likely these in their quest to control the World thus pleasing their small and institutional shareholders. As one would expect in this Nineties view of the still blossoming face of Reunified Germany, Serta and the ubiquitous Mercedes 405 rule okay here whereas the once so familiar but unglamorous reliable Hungarian Ikarus had been consigned to the scrapheap like much of the soviet controlled past.

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