Opening a "Black and White Factory" in Willebroek

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  1. fred

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    Dear All,

    From september 2006,
    in Willebroek, Belgium
    we will open a centre for "Black and White Traditional Photography", located in a premise, see pictures.

    The official name of the center will follow later on.

    It will be a meeting center for the traditional black and white worker.
    2 darkrooms, bib, workshop room, show room, dry mounting room.

    The center will organise on regular bases workshops and training around the black and white traditional photography and alternative photography.

    Ceromonial opening in the month october/november 2006.

    Kind regards
    Fred
     
  2. Fintan

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    Looks great, good luck with your new venture.
     
  3. RalphLambrecht

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    Where is Willebroek, or how far is it from Cologne?
     
  4. fred

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    Hey Ralph,

    Between Mechelen and Antwerpen, and I guess, 225 km's.

    Kind regards
    Fred
     
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    Congrats Fred !
    Looking forward to visit the centre already !

    Marc
     
  6. Dave Wooten

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    Fred good Luck!

    Am looking forward to seeing photos of the interior of your lovely building...
     
  7. bill schwab

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    Looks great Fred! Nice digs. I hope I get to visit someday.

    Best of luck,

    Bill
     
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    Very nice Fred, good on you!
     
  9. SuzanneR

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    Perhaps a future APUG conference site?? Best wishes with it!
     
  10. Bob Carnie

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    I was just thinking the same thing myself.
     
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    Good news, Fred. Very good news.
     
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    That's what Im talking about! This is what is needed and it's not a day too late. A conference there, oh yea I would go to that one.
    Curt
     
  13. George Papantoniou

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    Every now and then I pay a visit to my friends in Brussels. I'll take a small trip to see you Flemish people out there... Congratulations and hope it'll grow to be a big European Traditional Photography Center...
     
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    Thanks Bill, Marc, Clogz, Bob, Sean, Dave, Ralph, Curt, Fintan and Suzanne.

    The project will start in september.

    It was for already some years a dream.
    But dreams has to be realised.
    To avoid having regrets afterwards. :smile:

    The house will only be used for (traditional) photography purposes.
    Not for living, completely dedicated for b&w printing and alternative techniques.

    Planning is to grow in activities (show, workshop, training, printing, meeting) in the first 3 years and, when I'm sixty, then to go for it full-time.
    We'll create "an assocation without profit" (???) a sort of mini-academy or mini-gallery, in fact more a "workhouse" for black and white traditional photography.

    The center will be available, will be placed at member's disposal, from october/november of this year.

    Off course, we will try :tongue: to go step by step.
    The center will have professional equipment from the start.
    With two darkrooms (4,5 by 4,26 meter and one 4,5 by 1.8m)
    to create black and white silver prints for the whole workflow just at the stage of presenting the the prints.

    Further information you will find on a website that will be ready in August of this year.

    Kind regards

    Fred
    from "the black and white factory"... :smile:
     
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    Good guess... George!
    The "ultimate" (?) highest dream!?
    But let's stay very humble...

    If "live" will allow us
    if funds can be found!

    The knowledge (with an history of sales and marketing) to unite all traditional b & w forces we have... :smile:

    Kind regards
     
  16. David A. Goldfarb

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    APUG Conference in Belgium? I'd do that.

    Good luck, Fred, this sounds fantastic.
     
  17. bill schwab

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    I thought this too but, after seeing what went down before over this conversation, thought it best to stay silent. I've been in enough trouble here lately. :smile:

    Bill
     
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    Don't put words in my mouth that I didn' t say David... :smile:
    Step by step I'd prefer.

    On the contrary,
    the equipement for the printers, users of the futur centre will be very professional...

    untill now...

    2 M805 diffusion and condensor enlarger
    1 laborator 1000
    1 UT 100
    analyser pro
    hyland splitgrade
    seal bienfang dry mount press
    rotatrim 30
    Hyland densitometer
    pre-flashing unit

    adsl connection
    epson 4990 scanner
    possibility to dry mount on aluminium
    printing large formats (1m by 1,5m)

    and so on and so on
    so, it will be a "work house" (factory) for the gelatine silver print

    with for the teacher/printer even a bedroom and bathroom

    regards
    Fred
     

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    Fantastic. I hope to visit it (with permission) when we come in the spring.

    ( I also would like to see a conference there!)
     
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    In the mean time, Suzanne, I did some search.
    And indeed there are some accommodations in the neighbourhood.

    see photo's

    http://www.willebroek.be/main/static_main_1_88_NDL.asp

    A conference in 2010... :smile:
     
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    I'll put it on my calendar. C'mon, though, you can aim for 2008?? :D

    Good luck with everything!
     
  22. George Papantoniou

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    Damn, I'll have to work on my Dutch (sorry, Vlams...). I wonder, why are all the pictures taken with this depressive gray Belgian sky ? Coudln't the photographers who did them wait for a couple (or at most, four) months ? They would surely find a good bright day to shoot them if they did ... (no offense, I love Belgium :smile:
     
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    George, you are a connoisseur!! (connaisseur?)

    If you know the slight difference between Dutch and Flemish (Vlaams)...
    Very good!!

    The gray sky, I'm afraid it is'nt possible without... :smile:

    Already more then 4 days raining "the whole day long" here...

    Kind regards!
    Fred
     
  24. André E.C.

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    Yes, 2008 sounds very good, fellow Europeans, let`s start talking about this, if we present the project to the "suits" in Brussels, we might get some funds! :wink:

    PS- Congratulations Fred :smile:.

    Cheers

    André
     
  25. jnanian

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    this sounds wonderful!

    best of luck fred

    - -john