I must say, it’s rare that one finds such an embarrassment of historical riches as the Flickr photo streams of bus enthusiasts. These dedicated folk, with a deep fascination for all things omnibus have a unique feature that makes their work interesting to those of us who may not be quite as into the old vehicles; they photograph them in their urban environments. Thus, the old scans they often post not only include the memorable old vehicles we all recall, but form a brilliant, invaluable documentary of changes in the towns they focus on. Not only this, but they seem an observant, engaged bunch who also photograph incidentals like building sites, road works and demolitions.
I’ve featured the work of enigmatic photographer Walsall1955 before – his photographs are an exhaustive, fascinating and addictive documentary of the changing public transport and townscapes of a transitional Black Country. I salute him, his work and encourage you all to go visit his Flickr stream and YouTube channel. Walsall1955 is just one of a whole range of enthusiasts posting priceless content, and I plan to feature more of his and other work in future posts.
Walsall1955 , I thank and salute you.