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 15 August 2016

The Halcyon Days of The DDR

This view of East Berlin brings back so many memories the first being the acrid taste on the pallet of soot from the environmental damaging brown coal they burnt which as you can see also hung in the atmosphere and stained the concrete and probably even dogs. To take the taste away the locals could just as in The West enjoy an ice-cream under Communism and even though nothing could be any more American than Coca Cola they even had their own version called if I remember rightly Club Cola. But like everything else it wasn't as good. As for buses the ubiquitous Ikarus 260 had a certain charm and sounded a bit like a Bedford, but I so miss the old S-Bahn trains with their wooden bodies and loud distinctive electric motors, and as you can see it might all be a bit depressing but one can still see a nice pair of legs even if the young lady is wearing such 'demode' ankle socks.


Ross said...

I assume you took great care to ensure the VoPo officer* at the bus stop didn't see you taking photos?

* Or is he Volksarmee? Can't tell which from behind! Definitely not TraPo or even Reichsbahn - wrong colour uniform!

christopher said...

I must admit I always felt fairly relaxed taking photos in East Germany, indeed Britain sometimes makes me feel a lot more paranoid.