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 Muse

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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 Ilford FP4 (out of date!)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 Ilford FP4 (out of date!)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