Friday, 2 November 2007

7+2 UK Photo Sites

March 2010: Fotopic problems here

This is the most difficult 7+1 to date and arguably the most subjective. It seems that there are literally thousands of bus-related Fotopic- or Flickr-type accounts online. Type in the single word “bus” in Fotopic's front page and you get by more 7,200 sites (admittedly with some duplication). TheBusStation lists over 600, while there are over 670,000 Flickr pictures featuring buses.

Many photo sites specialise in, shall we say, record shots of the latest incoming vehicles. A few sites – Fotopic or otherwise – are outstandingly different. Here’s some of them. Feel free to add any we may have missed.

1. Claire Pendrous
Host: Flickr
Favourite single photo
Claire's comprises shots taken by herself in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and a collection of earlier, inherited slides. She has a knack of taking natural photographs and has produced a nostalgic and varied glance at a world long gone. As well as the buses, we liked the Hillman Imp and Opel Kadett.

2. The Municipals
Host: Fotopic
Favourite single photo
Staggeringly full site by John Law, featuring a large number of municipal, PTE and LT operators. Pure nostalgia rules as Law recalls in photos such names as Grimsby-Cleethorpes, Colwyn Bay, Kingston upon Hull, Rhymney Valley and Barrow in Furness. Many shots are in colour, expressing the municipal pride and multitude of livereis once visible on our urban streets.

3. Coaches Aplenty
Host: Fotopic
Favourite single photo
This must be one of the most comprehensive sites dedicated to coaches rather than buses. It features 2,000 images spanning 45 years and is one of a number of sites by the prolific Alan O Watkins (including his collection), which includes a look at the back end of buses and bus interiors.

4. National Bus Company
Host: Fotopic
Favourite single photo
Relive Britain’s biggest bus company in full colour (well, in green, red, white and occasionally blue) in this popular and comprehensive photographic reminiscence spanning the years between 1970-1986. It’s another popular John Law production and it has some 2,600 shots.

5. Bus Photos
Eamonn's Photos
Eamonn Kentell was hedging his bets by electing to use Fotopic Smugmug *and* buy server space direct. All the major manufacturers and operators are here on one or other of the sites and access on the non-Fotopic one is by an easy-to-use menu system. Most pictures are in colour and they include recent as well as good nostalgic shots. The black & white London single decks are great.

6. Busworld Photography
Host: Blogger
Favourite single photo
This site mixes English and continental buses old and new, invariably shot in very natural settings. You never know what will pop up, as additions are made almost daily. Where it really scores, though, is that the host allows author Christopher Leach to add significant text explaining why he's chosen his images, rather than a single caption line with Fotopic.

7. Shooting the Past
Host: Fotopic
Favourite single photo
Impressive site covering nearly 1,700 photos of UK buses in the 1960s and 1970s, largely in black & white, including 259 on Ribble and associated companies alone.

7+1 Adrian's Bus Drawings
Host: Fotopic
Favourite single image
Relive former and new liveries on various bodies, in technical detail. Also, some interesting "what ifs…" such a lowbridge RML, a Seddon artic and East Lancs bodied Blackpool tram. Appears to offer requests.

7+2 Tony's Bus Art
Host: Fotopic
Favourite single image
Modest site of just 10 images gives licence to some imaginative bodywork designs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

BUSES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

A quirky site with thousands of high quality good size photographs of buses from around the world.

http://stuartdbell4383.fotopic.net/

Subjects include the latest fleet additions in the north of England, Australian Dennings, the Alexander M type and Northern Generals Routemasters. Also model buses are covered. A good read!