I grew up outside of Philadelphia in Amish Country, and college brought me into the city. I went to a small art school on the outskirts of Philly, where I studied photography. This is a Wein safe-sync, a piece of photographic equipment that I received on my first day of classes.
It sits on the hot shoe of a camera, and regulates the voltage of strobe lighting that is plugged directly into the camera. It acts as a surge protector, essentially. If there is a problem with the lighting, and there’s a surge, the safe-sync will be fried instead of the camera itself.
I still work in the city as a photographer. Photography brought me to Philadelphia, and so I find it fitting to contribute a piece of my photographic history to this project.