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Shot on some very out of date Kodak Portra.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• Rolleiflex 3.5F with 80mm f/3.5 and Kodak Portra 400VC (out of date 2003!)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• Holga GF with Kodak Portra 400 (out of date)

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.


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

Forgotten portrait from the studio

scanA009Poor Hasselblad. He gets the opportunity to shoot some portraits alongside his digital counterparts, and then the nasty old photographer completely forgets about it and leaves the roll of film in the bottom of his bag for two years. That’s gratitude for you.

Anyway, this is Ambyr, who came to the studio ages ago as part of a portrait project on people with freckles. The digital pictures in the series have more freckly-oomph (because they were shot in colour and post processed with a blue bias), but we like this one for being a bit more honest.

• Hasselblad 500 C/M with 80mm lens. Shot on Ilford HP5 Plus, developed in Kodak D76.