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)

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