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    Rochester or Bust - Rolling Up My Sleeves, Making a Move...

    Dear Fellow APUGgers,

    3 years ago I joined APUG with no more knowledge about chemical photography than developer, stop and fix. Since that time though, the study and history of analog photography has become something of an all consuming hobby of mine. This is in no small part thanks to the many people here that have fostered an atmosphere of collaboration, research, innovation, knowledge sharing and most importantly, a love for photography's past.

    Although I've not been able to show a lot for my work, in terms of physical examples and practical results, my efforts have been primarily spent in understanding, researching, and compiling information about techniques and processes; always with the hope of doing something with this in the future. APUG has allowed me to connect with so many people in the photography world that I feel fairly certain saying that without it, this passion could not have grown the way it did.

    So, with that in mind, I'm excited to announce that in October I will be relocating to Rochester, NY to begin a more serious study under the tutelage of our dear friend Ron Mowrey, a.k.a. Photo Engineer. In addition to learning as much as I can from Ron about emulsion making and photographic chemistry, I'll be an intern at the George Eastman House where I'll be able to learn from and assist Mark Osterman. In addition to helping out with the workshops there and utilizing the facilities, I'll be involved with Mark and others in resurrecting a number of processes that have yet to see the light of day. I couldn't be more thankful to Ron for accepting me as an apprentice, and also to Mark for granting me intern status at GEH. The resources available in Rochester are going to be absolutely wonderful, and I'm incredibly excited to take on this challenge; putting rubber to the road, money where my mouth is and learning to walk the walk.

    I wanted to share this with everybody on APUG because I feel like I've gotten to know a lot of the people here over the last three years and I really cherish the community that exists. With that in mind, I owe many of you a heartfelt thanks. Rest assured that I'll be sharing as much as I can on APUG and my hope is that I can contribute meanginfully to an appreciation and understanding of analog photography. Now that the Digital Revolution is over, it's time for a Renaissance!

    At the ripe age of 26.875, I've never lived further than 30 miles from my hometown, so moving east 1000 miles is going to be quite an exciting journey. I'll be leaving my family, loved ones, my closest friends, the towns I've gotten to know so well, and in short, a comfy life. But as Thoreau said, "Nothing makes the Earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes"... I guess I'm ready to widen my world a bit. Fortunately though I'll have people in Rochester looking out for me, which is a great feeling.

    All I ask is that you guys and gals wish me the best... and Ron too!

    Yours sincerely,

    Chris Holmquist
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    I am truly envious of your commitment, determination and pluck ...and I feel somehow proud (though I'm certain I had nothing whatsoever to do with your journey). You remind me of someone I once knew when I was younger. You are making it happen. Best of luck!

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    You have a brother from another mother, in Hartsdale.
    Looking forward to welcoming you to the neighborhood.

    May The Photographic Phorce Be With You !

    { The Other } Ron
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    Absolutely wish both you and Ron the best possible luck in this new adventure. I've always enjoyed reading your outside-the-box style of posts and look forward to continuing to do so. What an exciting thing to do!

    Ken
    "They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you."

    — Diane Arbus, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs

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    Good for you!

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    Good luck! Sounds like an awesome journey is about to begin!

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    Wow... an intern at George Eastman House! Oh man, I wish I could be there too. You're living my dream.

    Chris, I wish you all the best, deeply felt.
    “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” - Lao Tzu

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    Congrats, Chris!

    The next 26.875 years of your life will go by more quickly than you can imagine, so make the best of every opportunity you have to live your dreams. They won't remain the same over time, but as long as you stay true to what your heart tells you to do, life will be good.

    All the best,
    Steve
    "What drives man to create is the compulsion to, just once in his life, comprehend and record the pure, unadorned, unvarnished truth. Not some of it; all of it."

    - Fred Picker

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    Well done, Chris! Very excited for you in your adventure. I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you can excite many people to look at photographic alternatives as something viable, exciting, and unique.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    Remember what your mother told you always wear clean underwear, and brush your teeth at least twice a day.

    Good luck with your quest.

    Bob

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