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

Wednesday 20 October 2010

A bus in Widnes: Making something from nothing

As a young enthusiast I took lots of record shots but as time went on I looked more and more towards taking slightly more interesting views with my buses in them. Here is a perfect example of how with a little care and patience one can capture far more than just a rather mundane Halton Transport Leyland National half hidden at a bus stop. Taken against the sunlight the way the shadows fall allows the street furniture to draw the eye across to what is also happening as people approach. Widnes Corporation was traditionally a Leyland operator, but after buying some Leopards for 'opo' Leyland powered Bristol RE's took the stage. But later when they could no longer buy these not did Halton become an enthusiastic buyer of both National mark1 and the National2, it also liked the much derided Lynx. No21 ACW 21R was seen in the town in the mid-Eighties loading for Hough Green Farm, or rather I expect a housing estate built on it.

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