Lock keeper Jim

Lock keeper Jim

A few times each year the river Cam in Cambridge hosts the farce that is bumps racing: rowing crews line up 1.5 lengths apart all the way down the river and race to catch and hit the crew in front of them before they get caught themselves. It’s carnage!

One of the people who ensures the bumps races go like clockwork is Jim, the keeper of Baitsbite lock. Rollei managed to catch a nice portrait of him in the doorway of the old lock-keeper’s cottage, as the last day of racing in the Lens bumps was coming to an end. Lovely light, and a great subject. Typical there was only 1 frame left on the roll. But we like the result anyway.

• Rolleiflex 3.5f with 80mm f/3.5 and Kodak Portra 400VC (expired 2003)

Selfie on the Rollei. Again


The Rollei’s been getting some action again recently (about time!) and this was the final image on the end of a roll. Well, no sense in not using up a film, is there?

Shot on some very out of date Kodak Portra. Lavazza in the mug. And yes, the office does need a tidy up.

• Rolleiflex 3.5F with 80mm f/3.5 and Kodak Portra 400VC (out of date 2003!) Processed by Ag Photographic.

Test shooting in the office


We’re always trying out new spaces to shoot in. A few weeks ago, the brilliant Bernadette Lemon came round to help us try out a few locations in the office, which has these lovely skylight windows in the ceiling.

We’d love to tell you the results were amazing and it’s revolutionised the way photography will now be done in the studio, but sadly that’s not the case. Dull days mean 1/15 sec and difficult focusing and the room really isn’t big enough to work easily without knocking over your tripod (three times). And people come traipsing through every now and again… moan, moan, moan!

Anyway, it wasn’t all a completely disaster: Hasselblad managed to get a few nice, clean simple portraits of Bernadette, this one being our favourite.

Ilford FP4 processed in Kodak D76 and scanned on an Epson V750

Appleby horse fair


The lovely town of Appleby in the Lake District is a wonderful place, so we’ve been upset to see reports of the flooding happening there at the moment. This is a portrait from happier times in Appleby and shows one of the travellers that make a pilgrimage to the area every August for the annual horse fair. It was grabbed with a Holga that leaks like a sieve, hence the rather spectacular psychedelic fogging.

• Holga GF with Kodak Portra 400 (out of date)

E457 MFL


For quite some time Leica was carted around in a bag as an everyday camera. Back and forth. Back and forth. The same journey from home to work. Back and forth. For years this car lay half covered by a tarpaulin, until one day Leica could contain herself no longer. She leapt out of the bag, marched up the drive and snapped a picture. Then legged it before anyone could come after her shouting “Oi! What are you doing?”


The used car experience


Rollei has been enjoying some bag time recently, being carried around Cambridge as an every day camera. This is the old Wests Renault garage on Newmarket road, which is abandoned now, earmarked for redevelopment as student digs.

One of the young digital whippersnappers had stopped off to photograph the place a few weeks ago, but there is something about the square format that suited this view better.

• Rolleiflex T with 80mm /f3.5 lens. Ilford FP4, processed in Kodak D76

The Muse


This is Neil. He’s our muse. While chatting about this picture we realised that he’s two years younger than Rollei. We think they both look pretty stylish, despite their years.

• Rolleiflex T with 80mm f.3.5 lens. Ilford FP4 (out of date!) developed in Kodak D76.


Return of the Rollei

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Good news! Rollei is back from rehab in Liverpool. He’s now clean. And lubed and adjusted. He’s just had a roll of Ilford FP4 through him and is tip-top shape. Expect more square pics in the future.

• Rolleiflex T with 80mm f.3.5 lens. Ilford FP4 (out of date!) developed in Kodak D76

The fishing fleet


Throwback Thursday: When Leica went to The Gambia back in 2011 she enjoyed flexing her photojournalist bones. This picture shows the fishing fleet in Banjul coming in to shore with the day’s catch. Fishermen ran up the beach from their boats carrying trays of fish above their heads. On the pier locals bargained with sellers for the best deals, and Leica got shouted at a couple of times for being too sneaky when taking pictures.

The pub portrait

1015_022Nikon is a friend of ours. He’s been a bit full of himself since he was described favourably as “the very best cameras ever made by Nikon, or anyone.” It’s given him a lot of confidence that – to be honest –  some people find annoying.

For example, while out for a drink with a friend one evening he spied this spivy-looking chap sitting on the other side of the pub. As bold as brass he gets up and marches over to the poor guy, who’s enjoying a drink with his girlfriend. He buts into the conversation and says “Alright!? Can I take yer picture, mate?”

“Um, yeah” the guy says. “If you like.”

“Click, whir. Click, whir. Click, whir,” says Nikon. “Can you just look over here for a minute?”

“Err, actually no. I think that’s enough now.”

“Oh. Right. Fair enough.”

Everyone likes to see a smart arse put back in their box, don’t they.

• Nikon FM3a with 35mm f/1.4 lens. Kodak Tri-X developed in D76