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, 10 July 2012

2853 in Golden Toast Berlin

Today it's like any other city but here is an atmospheric 1982 view of Berlin bathed in golden sunlight after a hot baked day. Much has changed in former quiet backwaters lurking in the shadows of the nearby Berlin  Wall as a whistling MAN of 1976 2853 threads it's way to Moabit. My Brother in Berlin turns his nose up at me for drinking the 'working class' Schultheiss Beer but why sup Becks when I get it by the case at sainsburys? Rather like the Ikarus buses found in East Berlin these vehicles had a pleasant modern front profile which distracted from it's overall functional box-like appearance. Indeed they were somewhat looked down us as being dull for they had none of the character of the wonderful shapely almost eccentric Bussings they replaced or the crisp confident lines and powerful feel of the next generation starting at 3500. Still I miss them too as they also sounded evocatively pleasant especially the earlier ones like this bus.

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