Crystal Clear

There are a lot of perks to being a news photographer, but one of the best is getting to meet interesting people every time you go out for an assignment.

Last month, the Wall Street Journal gave me a shout about photographing a chandelier cleaner going about his work in the posh Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. That’s how I met Keith Campbell, the owner of Acu-Bright chandelier cleaners.

Keith was being profiled because he invented a method machine that makes cleaning the crystals of a chandelier possible without disassembling the whole rig. Being completely ignorant to the world of chandeliers — like 98 percent of the rest of the world, most likely — I had no idea that the traditional method of cleaning involves a complete disassembly, individual cleaning, and then reassembly. Obviously, for a big Las Vegas casino, that would involve a lot of downtime, and time is money.

Acu-Bright’s method involves ultrasound and water. It’s as simple as a cylinder of vibrating water, which shakes the debris and dust right off the crystals as they hang. Without disassembly, what would take about a week for the larger chandeliers takes about a day with Acu-Bright. Keith says he’s been a hit, and he’s got a lot of stories about some of the clients he’s served, some of whom make him sign non-disclosure agreements. Such is the nature of the rich and famous, I guess!

Read more at the Wall Street Journal while it’s in front of the paywall.

02/03/2014 -- BOSTON, Mass. -- Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, cleans a chandelier in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright cleaning system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly. CREDIT: Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal CHANDELIER (Kelvin Ma/Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

02/03/2014 — BOSTON, Mass. — Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, cleans a chandelier in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright cleaning system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly. CREDIT: Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal CHANDELIER (Kelvin Ma/Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

02/03/2014 -- BOSTON, Mass. -- Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, pulls a clean chandelier crystal out of the Acu-Bright's cleaning container in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly. CREDIT: Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal CHANDELIER (Kelvin Ma/Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

02/03/2014 — BOSTON, Mass. — Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, pulls a clean chandelier crystal out of the Acu-Bright's cleaning container in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly.

02/03/2014 -- BOSTON, Mass. -- Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, cleans a chandelier in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright cleaning system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly. CREDIT: Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal CHANDELIER (Kelvin Ma/Kelvin Ma for the Wall Street Journal)

02/03/2014 — BOSTON, Mass. — Keith Campbell, President of Acu-Bright, cleans a chandelier in a client's home in Boston on Feb. 3, 2014. Campbell invented the Acu-Bright cleaning system, which uses an ultrasonic process and water to clean the delicate parts of a chandelier in a fraction of the time of the traditional cleaning process of disassembly.

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