Not springing into life anytime soon

The Big T’s cafe racer is a work in progress. Perhaps it will be on the road by (our) spring?

Posted to the Ragtag Daily Prompt | Spring

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Regular Random: five minutes with a work in progress

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I may have mentioned that the Big T loves motorbikes and has one or two (or three) in the garage. His latest is a BMW that he’s making into a café racer (I’ll let Wikipedia explain that to those who are unfamiliar with the term).

It’s very much a work in progress and I can’t get it out of the garage to shoot in its entirety, but some of the parts are rather beautiful.

And I suspect the finished bike will be fabulous.

Regular Random is a photo challenge hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. Please pop over and take a look;  and if you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to not interfere with the subject, instead see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • have fun!
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post.

Steel & grease: the new project in our garage

Mechanical things are not my forte. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express. Bike bits #1. Mechanical things are not my forte. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

I am the daughter of a perfectionist tradesman; practical and unafraid to get stuck in and fix things when they break. But my long tenure as the Big T’s co-habitee has, I confess, made me a bit lazy. Like my dad, T is enormously handy. He has built bits of our house, maintained our cars,  and sorted out the kind of plumbing and electrical problems that other people would have paid a professional  to do. And I have definitely developed a tendency to ask for his help rather than trying to do maintenance and repair stuff myself.

T spends his days at a computer screen; a mechanical engineer whose work is mainly virtual. But he’s a man who needs a project; a tools out, hands dirty, greasy smell project. Several years ago he restored his old motor bike which had languished in his parents garage while we were in the UK. He doesn’t ride as often as he’d like — but at least now he can.

Bike bits. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express. Bike bits #2. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

A few months ago he bought another bike to restore. So once again half of the garage is spread with tools and parts. This is totally outside my realm of either knowledge or interest, so I content myself with occasionally taking photos of these machines.

Bike bits #3. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express. Bike bits #3. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Black and white photography works well for machinery; allowing a focus on shape and texture. I shot these deliberately in quite poor light without my glasses on. I figured I didn’t really understand what I was photographing so I’d just — literally — point and shoot.

Bike bits #4. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express. Bike bits #4. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

I have friends (and of course a partner) who can look at these photos and not only know what all the parts are, but whether they are original or aftermarket, and can probably tell what size and make the bolts are. I just look at them and think; nice detail, cool contrast.

Bike bits #5. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express. Bike bits #5. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo challenge this week at Lens and Pens by Sally is black and white. Pop over and have a look.