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Riding the Bus

September 29, 2012

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I don’t owe you any explanation, and you’re not getting one. So, screw off.

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I think it’s a pretty well accepted that the bus is, primarily, for weirdos and losers, but I got a real kick out of the website busdrawings.com. Put together by some guy up in Canada, Peter McLaughlin, it’s an enormous collection of photographs of buses, and nothing but buses, (except for the section on trains, which to me felt a bit like a polite afterthought). You have to respect the guys passion; and more than checking movie times, buying shirts, pornography, celebrity gossip and train schedules, the internet reaches its apotheosis in the kind of consuming obsessions represented here.

There is a large section of photos of New York City buses (primarily from the collection of a Joseph Testagrose) but they’re all from the 60s and 70s, and that’s right in my “everything used to better” wheelhouse. Here are a couple, and there are a host of others worth checking out.

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  1. September 30, 2012 8:25 am

    Here in the UK there are those guys who get a real kick out of watching buses, trains and aeroplanes (spotters). Some as they get older gain a certain respect and start to admirer large forms of public transport. But looking at these images bring a form of beauty a story of a bygone time, well for some of us anyway. As a professional photographer the first thing I see are the pale tones of the film used, the background content and light. If we took these images today, they would not stand anywhere near the type of thing such as what Doug was taking at the time…………….beautiful images that tell a story.

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