The 40th of a Second by Roger Bamber

It is the 14th of June In 1958 and a 13-year-old boy stands anxiously on the platform of the Down-line at Grantham Railway Station. The imminent arrival of a train was eagerly awaited .Clutching a Kodak Brownie Cresta ll, this was a not a passenger wishing to travel but a trainspotter excited by steam engines.
Roger Bamber was ready for any circumstance but as luck would have it, the train that was racing towards Grantham was the A4 Class Loco, the Golden Plover, which entered service in October 1937 and finished her work in October 1965. It was the non-stop ‘Elizabethan’ service from London to Edinburgh
Traveling at around 70 mph the Class A4 Locomotive took around six and a half hours to make the journey north from Kings Cross to Edinburgh and would not drop its speed as it passed through the station.
This was just one of the 35 A4 class Locomotives designed by Nigel Gresley and the sleek engine was built for speed.
Another of the A4 engines, The Mallard, broke the world speed record on the 3rd of July 1938, and still holds the record for the worlds fastest steam train at 126 miles per hour.
So, it was just the one shot that the keen trainspotter took to as it hurtled through Grantham
Station.
Unbeknown to 13-year-old Roger this was a life-changing moment. Consulting his notes of the day decades later he recorded the exposure was a 40th of a second.
Roger was expecting to leave school and become a statistician, but this picture was the moment that his career took a different path and he decided that photography was the route he would take. This picture was part of the portfolio that enabled him to enter Leicester Art College, where he studied graphic design.
Rogers’s interest in steam engines did not wilt after his teenage years and Roger built a collection of steam engine nameplates that now adorn the walls of his Brighton home.
Roger now in his 7th decade is keeping himself busy by putting together a collection of his favourite pictures for a book to be published soon, so he is undertaking exhaustive searches through thousands of negatives to whittle his massive collection of pictures to a manageable portfolio suitable for his book.
It was during this research that he came across the picture of the Golden Plover.
‘To be honest ‘ he tells me ‘ I had forgotten all about it and was surprised to find it”. “But here it was”.
Checking the engine number 60031 against available records Roger discovered that the steam train he photographed when he was 13 years old was the Golden Plover and by an extraordinary coincidence that picture he took as a boy was of the very same train whose nameplate now hung on the wall of his home, part of his collection of steam engine nameplates and bought just ten years ago

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    Equally the enlarging, focusing and exposure to the paper is managed by a computer using lasers or LEDs rather than a bulb. The following process is still very much the same with the paper being processed in chemical developer, followed by a bleech fix before a wash to remove the processing chemicals.

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    At Fleet Street's Finest we sell C-Type prints and Alumini ChromaLuxe. Digital C-Type photographic prints use similar exposure techniques to 'dark room' analogue developing techniques but without the need for a negative.

    Equally the enlarging, focusing and exposure to the paper is managed by a computer using lasers or LEDs rather than a bulb. The following process is still very much the same with the paper being processed in chemical developer, followed by a bleech fix before a wash to remove the processing chemicals.

    A C-Type print very much has its origins in traditional photographic processes but is originated from a digital file rather than a negative. Though, obviously, some of our vintage images are from scans of negatives.

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    At Fleet Street's Finest we sell C-Type prints and Alumini ChromaLuxe. Digital C-Type photographic prints use similar exposure techniques to 'dark room' analogue developing techniques but without the need for a negative.

    Equally the enlarging, focusing and exposure to the paper is managed by a computer using lasers or LEDs rather than a bulb. The following process is still very much the same with the paper being processed in chemical developer, followed by a bleech fix before a wash to remove the processing chemicals.

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About Roger Bamber

Roger Bamber’s graphic photographs are well known for their distinctive, often wryly humorous style and strong visual impact.

He trained in design, has been a photojournalist since 1965 and during his career his work has been published in every British national newspaper and many magazines.

He has twice been British Press Photographer of the Year and when he was travelling the world covering everything from wars to rock and roll he was twice News Photographer of the Year.

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End of the line for men who worked with steam. Five railwaymen whose jobs disappeared with the end of steam locomotives on British railways, photographed in the last week of steam, in August 1968. They are with their engine, Sir William Stanier class 5 44709. It was on shed at Carnforth, Lancs, Lancashire, England, UK, Great Britain. They are l to right: Boiler washer Norman Wilson, fire dropper John Cottier, Bar lad Tommy Longstaff, driver Joe Harrison, and steam raiser Fred Scott. buy a print, buy a photo, buy a framed print, steam engine, steam train, buy a landscape, interior design, interior, wall art, art for the wall, framed,  picture buy a picture steam railway,

Since 1988 he has been part of the Guardian’s celebrated photographic team and his work with them has won him numerous awards for feature photography.

He uses natural light wherever possible and now he is putting some of his favourite images into his portfolio here. He hopes you enjoy them as much as he enjoyed messing about with shapes and light to create them.

About Roger Bamber

Roger Bamber’s graphic photographs are well known for their distinctive, often wryly humorous style and strong visual impact.

He trained in design, has been a photojournalist since 1965 and during his career his work has been published in every British national newspaper and many magazines.

He has twice been British Press Photographer of the Year and when he was travelling the world covering everything from wars to rock and roll he was twice News Photographer of the Year.

The 40th of a Second by Roger Bamber

It is the 14th of June In 1958 and a 13-year-old boy stands anxiously on the platform of the Down-line at Grantham Railway Station. The imminent arrival of a train was eagerly awaited ..Clutching a Kodak Brownie Cresta ll , this was a not a passenger wishing to travel but a train spotter excited by steam engines.

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Crew cleaning HMS Ark Royal by Roger Bamber

Ratings on Britain’s last fixed-wing aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal, clean the deck, flanked by a Buccaneer and a Phantom Jet. This was the ship’s last voyage, in October 1978, but right to the very end, the crew were cleaning, polishing, and painting her so she looked her very best. After this final exercise in the Mediterranean, HMS Ark Royal returned to Plymouth to be scrapped. buy art, buy a print, buy a photo, buy a photograph, buy art for the wall, interior design, designers, buy ark royal picture, buy a retro print for the wall

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Since 1988 he has been part of the Guardian’s celebrated photographic team and his work with them has won him numerous awards for feature photography.

He uses natural light wherever possible and now he is putting some of his favourite images into his portfolio here. He hopes you enjoy them as much as he enjoyed messing about with shapes and light to create them.

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