Newcastle upon Tyne and Ford Anglias



This is where the Leica is a joy to use and where it really excels. As a travel camera, it's difficult to beat. Ok, it's uses film. That could be a drawback for some, but it doesn't need batteries and it is quiet and unobtrusive. I'm no HCB, but I understand the great man's high regard for his Leicas. I took it to Newcastle with me on a job yesterday. Not that I used it for the job, I simply used it for my own enjoyment. Processing film is definitely a step backwards but I don't have to do it these days. When I do get my hands dirty, it's because I want to. The Ford Anglia above was an appropriate subject for the MP and 35 Summicron asph. Funny to think that this was the car that most working-class people drooled over in the 60's. Simplicity of engineering is not always appealing. I never liked the Ford Anglia much back then, let alone today! The shot of the Tyne bridges was taken on the 90mm Elmarit. Film was Iford delta 100 in ID11.

Comments

Andy Howell said…
Even on a screen the Leica and film seem to be right for these shots.

Never liked the Anglia either. I remember it was my mother's first car. Luckily it didn't last long and she traded up for a Ford Escort, a red one. Now that was exciting!
LotC said…
A Ford Escort! Your mother would have been the envy of the street, Andy. Morris Minors, Ford 100E's and assorted odd-looking Vauxhalls, Hillmans and British Leyland offerings epitomise an era when ordinary working people had aspirations that could be achieved quite easily. The '60s were a boom time and the world was becoming smaller. Today, we could barely contemplate life without technology that we would not have thought possible only 40 years ago. The Ford Anglia is probably one of many icons for that reason.
Andy Howell said…
I drove a Morris Marina for a while. Whatever else that was, it wasn't an icon :-)
LotC said…
I passed my test in a Vauxhall Viva. I was then free to take on the world in my Austin Cambridge!
Andy Howell said…
... and strengthen those arm muscles at the same time :-)

I had an old Rover for a while. Now that really was a workout.