When it comes to podcasts, Classic Camera Revival may not be the biggest out there, but like any Internet project, you’re sort of shouting into the void and hoping that someone might hear you. And in the case of CCR, people heard and we have a group of listeners. And a group of fans that reach from beyond Canada. Not bad. So in light of our first meet, we promised that we would host the second meetup in 2018. So, using details from my own trips into the historic downtown of Cambridge, formerly known as Galt, and from the daily walks by Tom Fournier, a meetup was conceived. And for me, putting it after the first week of start-of-term would be a perfect decompression after the craziness that is start-of-term. Gear wise, I pretty much stuck to a single camera, the Minolta XE-7 as well as borrowing Jame Lee’s M6 (but that’s for a camera review, so those photos won’t be included here).

Central Presbyterian
Central Presbyterian Church
Minolta XE-7 – W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 20:00 @ 20C
Knox Presbyterian
Knox Presbyterian Church
Minolta XE-7 – W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 20:00 @ 20C

For the most part, we stuck to the downtown core, with a bit going a little further afield to the old Southworks Shopping Centre, a former industrial site turned outlet mall, now under construction and conversion to condos. Sadly we couldn’t legally get into the interesting parts of the works, so we moved on crossing the Grand River on approach back into the core. It’s amazing how much old architecture has been preserved through Galt’s downtown core, so it makes sense that shows like the Handmaid’s Tale and Murdoch Mysteries are filmed here. There’s way more than even Hamilton’s downtown.

Grand Avenue
Even on the outskirts of the core, the buildings are historic!
Minolta XE-7 – W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 20:00 @ 20C
The Old Southworks
Looking through the gate. Could have easily slid through!
Minolta XE-7 – W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 20:00 @ 20C
Overgrown
Close up details of some ivy growth.
Minolta XE-7 – W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 20:00 @ 20C

We managed to get a great view of the core from Founder’s Point, however to my surprise there was no plaque for the founding of Galt, it would have been helpful for my on-going 1867 project which touches on the town’s namesake John Galt, not for the founding of Galt itself, but for his work with the Canada Company and the settlement of the Huron Tract. But one thing I was able to enjoy was the recently restored post office, fresh from a long project and now free of the scaffolding. It certainly made a unique look on downtown coming in from not my usual direction.

Founder's Point
The iconic view along the Grand River, you can see the spires of Knox and Central Presbyterian Churches.
Minolta XE-7 – W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 20:00 @ 20C
Old Industry
I’m not sure what this building used to be, but I’m sure it was some form of mill.
Minolta XE-7 – W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 20:00 @ 20C
The Old Post Office
The 1885 Post Office, now a creativity hub.
Minolta XE-7 – W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 20:00 @ 20C

There also was a brief stop as John, Bill, and I checked out Phidon Pens, a local stationary and fine writing shop. Certainly worth a return visit! From there we headed back towards the river to check out the old mill ruins, and by that point I had to switch up cameras and film. It’s one thing I’ve started doing is bringing a second body and lens with on these walks along with plenty of film. So going with the Nikon F5 is certainly a contrast to the XE-7.

The Fire Department
The original Galt Fire Hall, now a museum on the history of the city’s Fire Department.
Minolta XE-7 – W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 20:00 @ 20C
Galt City Hall
The Galt City Hall, now a wing of the Cambridge City Hall.
Minolta XE-7 – W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 20:00 @ 20C
Out Growth
Nature taking over in the old mill race ruins.
Nikon F5 – AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D – Ilford FP4+ – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 20:00 @ 20C

By the time I had wandered through the old Mill Race Ruins, it was time for lunch, so I headed to our final meeting spot. The Black Badger again carries the historic flair of the rest of the down and looks like a traditional English Pub, both outside and inside. Certainly worth a stop if you’re looking for a place to eat and rest if you’re in the downtown.

The Lone Fisher
A lone fisherman out on the Grand River.
Nikon F5 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – Ilford FP4+ – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 20:00 @ 20C
Mill Race
Old Mill Ruins, now an outdoor space specifically for weddings.
Nikon F5 – AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D – Ilford FP4+ – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 20:00 @ 20C
The Black Badger
There’s certianly a Tudor look to the place.
Minolta XE-7 – W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 20:00 @ 20C

A big thanks to all who took the time to attend, it certainly makes these events worthwhile both in attending and planning them! If you want to see all my photos from the day, check out the rest of my images in the Flickr Album!

The Gang's All Here
Most of the group at Lunch in the Black Badger.
Sony a6000 – Sony E PZ 16-50mm 1:3.5-5.6 OSS

3 Comments

  1. Hi Alex
    I enjoyed your tour of Cambridge, it looks like a beautiful place to visit. I also use the Minolta XE 7, a really great camera, very well built. I really like using the 21mm lens with it. I find it works well for shooting architecture. You seem to be very interested in the history of Cambridge and it reminded me that many years ago when looking around an antique shop I purchased a very interesting piece of “Galt” history. It is a very large silver center piece presented to a Mr. Cooke and his wife from his “Galt friends” in 1875. I think Mr. Cooke could have possibly been a Doctor. It is a very impressive item. If you’re interested in more information on it let me know. Thanks for the very interesting post, I have read a few of them now and find them Interesting and informative. Look me up if your traveling near Prescott, Ont.
    Regards
    David

    1. Author

      Thanks for the kind words! I haven’t found the 21mm lens yet, but I’ll keep an eye out. I’m actually heading out to Prescott in a couple weeks to capture the Battle of the Windmill site and Fort Wellington for a history project I’m working on!

      1. Glad to hear your’e going to be heading this way. If you have some time free let me know and I’ll facebook friend you so that we can personal message.

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