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Andrew Williams
Works at Schuylkill Valley Visual Arts Center
Attended Allegheny College
Lived in Collegeville, PA
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This afternoon I opened up my Nikon Super Coolscan 4000 ED to clean the front-surface mirror and the various rubber bits. When I put it back together and started scanning, I got a very weird result. This is what happens when you put the mirror in backside-front. I had to take it apart again. Pay attention, Drew. Do not be distracted by Harry the Rescue Dog.
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This is from a 1969 production of Taming Of The Shrew at Allegheny College. The actor playing Petrucchio is Scott Fisher, who is one of two people I know who have IMDB listings. The other (who probably would not remember me at all) is Ben Burtt, who won a couple of Oscars for the sound effects in the original Star Wars trilogy. Ben was one of the people who taught me how to run the board so I could engineer my radio show at Allegheny's WARC radio.
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awesome.
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The advance mechanism slipped so there was some overlap between the two frames. I think it looked better as a diptych. (I may be rationalizing more than is appropriate.)
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My new (!) Ricoh FF3AF Super arrived Wednesday. It is loaded with Ilford Delta 100 and ready to go. 
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I have not been out much since getting this camera. I finally finished shooting a roll of Ilford Delta 100 and am sending it out to Ilford's lab in California for processing. This is a double test. I want to know that the camera works properly and also what sort of results I can expect from the Ilford lab. I should know in about a week.
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It got up to 60 degrees F here today, which was a wonderful change after 2+ months of freezing weather. Of course tomorrow the high will be 29 degrees F and the low 13 degrees F, so we should not get too excited. Anyway, I was inspired to add two more shots to the Beaches portfolio. These were shot in Cape May in June 2013.
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I shot this on Tri-X with a Regula III back in 1970. The interesting thing to me about the images I took with this camera are the scalloped left and right borders. This is the only camera I ever saw that did that. 

I bought the Regula III after I cross-threading the lens mount on my Argus C-3. I'm not certain whatever happened to this camera, but it appears to have gone walkabout.
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That scalloping is cool. I want that on my blad. :o)
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The advance mechanism slipped so there was some overlap between the two frames. I think it looked better as a diptych. (I may be rationalizing more than is appropriate.) 
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I like it as well. Hurray for happy accidents!
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There will be revolutionary war historical re-enactors at Valley Forge this weekend. There might be interesting photographic opportunities.
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Once the game started, I was in my seat. Before that...
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Gear Acquisition Syndrom struck again. Back in 1982-83 I was a manufacturers' representative and one of my companies was Ricoh. I never got excited about their SLRs, but I really liked their 35mm point and shoot cameras, especially the FF3AF. I ended up giving my sample to my father and he took it with him to Florida, but it was gone when I cleaned out his house after he died in 1995.

I just picked up an FF3AF through Ebay for $10. My memory is that the 35mm f/3.2 lens was as sharp as my Canon and Nikon SLR prime lenses. If so, I will have a film camera I can carry with me all the time.
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Their 500G compact was a model I would have liked years ago.
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My first career was in the photographic equipment business, starting behind the counter at Boscov's Department Store in Laureldale and ending as a manufacturers representative (Beseler, Ricoh, Tamron, etc.) in 1984. Since then I sold computers, custom Hazmat packaging (not so much of a career outlier as you would think), and currently engineer and sell commercial security systems.
Employment
  • Schuylkill Valley Visual Arts Center
    Director, 2011 - present
  • ASG Security
    Senior Commercial Sales Representative, 2011 - 2013
    Sales and design of commercial security systems, including burglar and fire alarm systems, access control systems, and IP-Video CCTV systems.
  • ADT Security Services
    Commercial Account Executive, 2001 - 2011
    Sales and design of commercial security systems, including burglar and fire alarm systems, access control systems, and analog CCTV systems.
  • The Protection Bureau
    1998 - 2001
  • RadioShack
    Senior Computer Specialist, 1984 - 1991
  • Multi-Systems, Inc
    Director of Marketing, National Sales Manager, 1991 - 1994
  • Allflex Packaging
    Director of Marketing, 1994 - 1998
  • Shestack Associates
    Sales Representative, 1982 - 1984
  • Beseler Photo Marketing
    Territory Sales Manager, 1978 - 1982
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Collegeville, PA - Reading, PA - Meadville, PA
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"You are what you pretend to be. So be careful what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Introduction
1. I have been shooting and developing my own film for more than 40 years. I finally quit doing the chemical parts in-house and sub all that to Philadelphia Photographics at 139 S 13th Street in Philadelphia, PA.
2. Except for the occasional snap with my phone or an old Nikon point and shoot, I shoot almost everything with a pair of Nikon FM SLRs with 24mm, 50mm, and 105mm Nikkor lenses. I also have a Leica M4, an Ikoflex TLR, and a Cambo 4x5, none of which have been loaded with film in more than a decade. Throughout the seventies, I used a Canon FTb, but it broke. When that happened I stole my wife's Nikon and never gave it back.
3. After telling everyone for years and years that I would never buy a zoom lens, I did. Sorry.
4. I do not have anything against digital cameras, but I already own really good film equipment, and I am too damn cheap to change. 
5. Mostly I prefer black and white. This may be because when I started in 1957, it was practically impossible to do color in a non-commercial darkroom. It did not become practical to do color until Unicolor and Beseler (via Tetanol) introduced their products in the mid-seventies. I had already been imprinted.
6. Most everything I show is full frame. I think of it as a discipline. My wife tells me it is a conceit. As usual, she is almost certainly correct.
7. Most everything I do is in landscape orientation. Vertically oriented images seem unnatural, with the exception of formal portraiture of faces almost all of which are vertically oriented. I think this is the result of watching too much television and going to too many movies, all of which are in landscape mode. My wife says it is a conceit. As usual, she is almost certainly correct.
8. Mostly, I shoot by available light. However,as W. Eugene Smith famously said, "A flash is available light, but only if you have it with you."
9. If you add me to a circle, it is likely I will look at your profile. But, if you are not a photographer doing interesting things, I will not add you to my circles. Life is too short.
10. I break all of these rules whenever I feel like it. Live with it.
Bragging rights
I have been married to Susan for 34 years. She is a very busy freelance writer and editor. Our daughter, Lauren, is a 2012 graduate of St Josephs University in Philadelphia. She is now in Costa Rica with the Peace Corps. I am exceptionally proud of both of them.
Education
  • Allegheny College
    English, 1968 - 1972
  • Schuylkill Valley HS
    Honors, 1964 - 1968
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We have eaten there many times over the last 7-8 years. They were very early in the renaissance of downtown Phoenixville. It has never been a disappointment. Always surprisingly good. Reasonably priced for what you get (more than McDonald's, less than the you would expect for this quality).
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