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)

The used car experience

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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 Queen’s Cloisters

Queens cloistersYou’re not always allowed into Cambridge Colleges, and even then you’re not allowed to just wander anywhere. But Leica is a discreet little thing – she sneaks in when no one is looking and works quietly without making a fuss.

This was taken on the day Leica sneaked into Queen’s College, Cambridge for a look around. Low sunshine streaming in through the archways of the cloister. What’s not to like about a day like that?

• Leica M6 TTL and 35mm f/2 Summicron. Kodak CN400, developed by Snappy Snaps.