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
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Couldn't you get a little closer?
It's terrible isn't it the way these lazy looking girls get in the way when I'm taking photographs. In a way though today it seems coaches are becoming more interesting than local buses as the old types quickly disappear being replaced by even more standardised modern types. With the passage of time coaches seem to be getting more modern as well of course but because some travel great distances that in itself it is some reason to show an interest. Here where many of the tourist and visiting coaches stop outside The Zoo in Berlin were found quite different machines lurking behind that girl who so annoyingly got in the way, or rather as you have probably guessed given me an excuse to take this panorama shot. Firstly an Italian bodied Iveco from Italy, then next to it is a Mercedes-Benz carrying the rather less common than the Citaro bus, the attractive dual-purpose Integro. Setra seem to have lost their sleek looks of the past as can be seen on this more wedge-shaped high-liner type, perhaps from Sweden with a similar but more messy profile to be found on the Neoplan at the far end. The other coach of course from Holland is the Bova Futura, a classic torpedo-like design that seems to go on and on in a timeless way just like those pretty girls whom I like to sneak into my pictures. I'm sure you don't mind.