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

Monday, 12 January 2009

Southdown: Stripe Tease Artiste

Remember those Stagecoach Stripes ,well they were a bit of a tease as they tried to put us off our favourites bus types. Today of course we find it harder to remember how we felt when pleasant more subtle colour schemes got over-run by Souter and his Perth based company. Some types particularly the more square Alexander bodied buses like the R-Series double-decker and the little Dash looked quite at home but it did little for traditional rounded designs like the ECW body on this Bristol VR seen in Portsmouth in the mid-Nineties.


Andy R said...

Most livery designers don't really take the particularities of the actual design into account, but design for some generic box-shaped bus. That is why the Stagecoach stripes looked pretty cool on a Mercedes minibus, for example, but hopelessly disfigured the VR.

Maybe one day vehicle designers and livery designers will learn to work together more and respect one another's achievements.

christopher said...

The Stagecoach design wasn't even the work of a designer but done 'on the back of an envelope' in the pub.