Redesign The World
A Photography/Design Blog by Andrew Cichowski

Motor ControllerMotor Controller

About a year ago I realized a decent chunk of my life was dedicated to opening and closing my window blinds daily. There had to be a better way..

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The Dusty CityThe Dusty City

Embrace your mistakes, and build from them moving forward.

I accidentally spilled water on a negative, then mistakenly attempted to wipe it off instinctively, thus ruining it further.. Having been overexposed and not that interesting to begin with, I destroyed it even further with scratchy stuff and got lots of dust stuck to it.. I’m ok with how it came out. (Much happier with the stuff I’m going to print this weekend!)

There’s still a bag of 14 rolls of adventure I need to develop, so I’ll be posting again soon.


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Josh Sizing My HatJosh Sizing My Hat

After nearly four years, I’ve finally completed one of my longest adventures, and I’ve never had a larger smile on my face.

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Nimslo JeepNimslo Jeep

I was cleaning out grungy old packing material (I buy, repair/restore, and sell a lot of gear regularly to help with rent/utilities/life/etc.), and was tossing a huge pile of stuff into recycling, when suddenly, a roll of film dropped to the floor. No idea how long this lost set was buried among the peanuts.. The negatives were pretty badly scratched, but I’m glad I didn’t lose these Nimslo gems.

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Uhh.. Serious Pineapple
Uhh.. Serious Pineapple

I have no idea when or why I took this shot, but I love it.
(found it while browsing my infinite archive of photos..)

Very seriously considered using it as my application photo for my away rotations.. figured anyone with a sense of humor would enjoy it, but I eventually decided on a more “formal” shot to play it safe…

Luckily, it’s very likely that anyone considering me as an applicant will stumble upon this little blog anyway (which is great because I have nothing to hide), so here is where the photo lives. (Though I did make it my primary PADI SCUBA photo…)


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The Hill
The Hill

Being trapped in med school prevents me from enjoying sunlight and good company, heading to the hospital as the sun rises and leaving as it sets… seeing friends by night, refueling with caffeine by day.

There are so many things I want to do.. but they have to happen slowly. Especially photography. I need months to take photos, months to wait for an open day to develop film, months to slowly scan my negatives, and months to organize, print, and post.. I’m still building a camera I designed last year… about half way done now. (You’re highly encouraged to play with film and chemistry; painting with light is infinitely more fun than pushing a shutter button.)

Drivin To Grill
A police car spontaneously combusted on 94.. the Weinermobile was prepared, and the folks on the train were as excited as they were hungry. (Vertical banding due to moving rapidly while the film turret was turning.)

Lax Bros 2012
Lax Bros 2012. No caption needed.

(Above are three shots I recently scanned from a roll I took over the course of last year…)

I’m sure I’ll post more eventually..


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Taking a break from studying today (for tests on Thurs and Mon…), I spent most of the afternoon digging through my endless pile of hard drives.. I deleted over 2TB worth of random old stuff, and found a bunch of fun photos I’d completely forgotten I had taken.

Even though this one actively creeps me out when I look at it, I think it’s a rather fantastic shot:


73 days left before my toughest exam yet…


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Snow Stop
I kept this image reversed because I like the composition better that way..

Recently I managed to snag a snazzy 6×9 Zeiss Ikonta 520/2 folding camera built in 1930. After a full CLA restoration, I walked around my apartment complex and snapped some test shots to see if my focus was accurate and if the bellows/box were light-tight.

I got my test roll back from Wolf Camera today. Like always, their machine scratched up my film more than cats claw their owners… (one of infinitely many reasons why it’s best to develop your own film). I only drop rolls off at that shop to confirm my repairs on a camera (eliminating personal error during developing).

Artsy Ikonta Self-Portrait
This was the very first shot I took after I finished the CLA. Can’t go wrong with an artsy self-portrait…

I’m fairly impressed with the sharpness this 82 year old lens has to offer (especially considering the shape it was in before I cleaned it up). I was planning to sell this classic machine after fixing it up, but I think I’m going to hang on to it for a while.. at least for a few more rolls.

Unrelated, here’s a shot of my friend Erin (taken on my Hasselblad 503CX, 80 f/2.8, Lomo 400):

Better Times
I’m posting this photo to remind her of the happier times at her apartment, before she was yelled at for playing her beloved cello…

I’ll eventually post more photos from some other cameras I’m working on at the moment…


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Yesterday I sold my 5DMkII. I sold it for ~$500 less than I hoped (which was already ~$1000 less than I bought it for), but at least it’s gone to a good home… I sold it for two reasons: first, to make rent (which was due today), and second, to force myself to study for an endless set of massive exams looming on the horizon.

It’s weird not having my prized digital camera nearby, but I don’t miss it much. Over the last year or so the camera was just sitting on my shelf as a trophy. I’ve realized that when given the choice these days, I’ll shoot film.

Distinct Character
Not a “keeper,” but this hassy polaroid shot on FujiFilm FP100C is a good example of a distinct character, including the light leak and incorrect developing time (it was really cold outside).

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A lot has happened since I last posted here.. I’ve repaired a few more cameras and was recently given a very generous gift. An extremely kind artist offered me his broken wide format Epson printer because he believed I could repair it and put it to good use. After creating a few tools from straws, plastic tubing, gaff tape, tongue depressors, etc. and after buying a number of random spare parts, I’ve managed to get it up and running, albeit at the expense of nearly all the remaining ink.

That means exciting things are coming in the future. Provided I can find a way to buy ink and still afford to eat, I’ll be printing some epic panoramic shots I’ve taken with my beloved Widelux F7, along with some really neat shots I’ve taken with my recently restored 1932 Rolleiflex Standard 621.

Who knows, maybe there’ll be a way for folks to see my photos in person sometime relatively soon… I’ll keep you posted. (Though, relatively is a stretchable term, seeing as it pertains to my perspective on time.)

For now, enjoy my favorite shot from my first roll on the Rolleiflex:

Ghost Plows

“Ghost Plows”

1932 Rolleiflex Standard 621, Lomo 400ASA 120 film, CanoScan 9900F

I did not alter the colors… but I think the coolness is an artifact of my terrible scanner. This was a shot to test the accuracy of the taking lens’s ability to focus after my complete CLA repair of this epic camera. Not bad for the first roll through…


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