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

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

After the Rush Hour: Chorlton Bus Station 2006

I tried cropping this photo leaving out the back of the second bus but the composition fell apart because there seemed little point just showing half a bus and half a phone box. As it is this early evening shot of Chorlton Bus Station works well, full of flat mundane urban texture as a girl gets on a bright shiny bus perhaps going to meet her Date for a night out in Manchester. Whereas without the sunshine First Group and Arriva buses always look a bit dreary the bolder offerings from Stagecoach like this Alexander AX400 bodied Dennis seem to rekindle that fascination I had for the majesty of the City buses I held as a child. I particularly like the AX series of bodywork and these Manchester buses that ply the same roads I remember as a kid have a special magic for me because in truth my enthusiasm for buses is much more of a personal journey than a serious subject.

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