One of a set of photographs from my personal collection, all showing people behaving in odd fashion. I took this one in 1966/67. It shows a group (ever so slightly under the influence, hence the title ‘Men behaving badly’), playing table tennis in a Birmingham city centre pedestrian underpass known as the Lewis’s underpass, because it also gave access to the Lewis’s department store.
I made this digital print from a scan of the original print. It preserves the graininess of a low light shot with 1960s film technology. The blurred ball also shows the shutter to be an iris diaphragm at maximum aperture.
It is now available as a 7″ x 5″ print mounted to fit a standard 10″ x 8″ frame. The original negative is missing. If I ever find it, I will be able to offer larger sizes.
University Rag societies are student-run charitable fundraising organisations. They are widespread in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Some universities, in South Africa and the Netherlands, also have a Rag. Some universities use other terms, but they all share similar attributes.