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!
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