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
Friday, 25 July 2008
As we are enjoying some warm weather in the UK I thought I would continue the sunny theme and post an image of a place that is far hotter despite the sea breezes that feel blisteringly hot and dusty too. I guess the locals get used to it but it couldn't be comfortable stuck behind glass surrounded by sardine-like squeezed in sweaty bodies with just a little electric fan and chain-smoking to keep the poor old driver sane and cool. Actually I never rode on any buses on this magnificent volcanic island because we had to just stay there for hours baking in the sun waiting with no facilities or shelter for a little boat to come pick us up and take us to the smaller island of Ios nearby. I think Sunmed Holidays used the laid-back couldn't care less amateurism an inefficiency of the Greek locals as a kind of perverse selling point. That's right after lunch they still enjoy a good nap after lunch. On the other hand of course maybe it was the tour company who was to blame. But when a boat did eventually come to collect us and our luggage it was a trifle small and sitting low in the water many of our party down in the bow got a good soaking as the Aegean Sea can be pretty choppy where the currents swirl around. Anyway it looks as though the Kamari Tours Mercedes O303 seen here in the mid-Eighties was fairly well appointed with an air-conditioning unit on the roof and curtains to close against the ferocity of the sun.