Grand old Englishman, broken old Frenchman, resistant old German – RIP; alive – Olympus OM

Resting together alongside the Rhine in a very old part of Dusseldorf, Kaiserswerth: Rolls Royce, Citroen and the travelling kings’ castle (7 May 2013).

Old Rolls Royce outside a 'bistro' in Kaiserswerth, Dusseldorf

Rather old, a little wrinkled, but still magnificent

Right alongside the Englishman is a Frenchman showing his age.

Large old Citroen van near the castle in Kaiserswerth, Dusseldorf

The old Frenchman has seen better days but no doubt did a superb job in his day

Both the elderly gentlemen rest overlooking what remains of the ‘travelling kings’ castle, alongside the Rhine at Kaiserswerth, a very old part of Dusseldorf. Built by Emperor Frederik 1 (1122-1190) to control trade on the Rhine, the castle resisted many seiges but was destroyed in the early 1700s, much of the stone being used to build the present delightful old town of Kaiserswerth.


The remains of the castle at Kaiserswerth, dating from the 12th century.

All the pictures taken with a Olympus Zuiko 28mm f/2.8 lens on an Olympus OM10. Kodak Tri-X stand developed in 1:100 RO9 for 90 minutes, 18deg C, with a single inversion at 0, 30 and 60 minutes.

The shading at the bottom of the pictures, which matches the perforations in the film, is a common problem with stand development when there is not enough agitation. It would seem that Tri-X is more sensitive to this problem as an Acros 100 developed in the same tank did not show the same uneven development.