Many of you who know me know that I seldom used Kodak products-especially when I was first starting out. I was always a Fuji and Ilford fan, it’s true, there’s no denying it. But, there’s something about the notion that Kodachrome is going away that really gets me. You see, a lot of photographers shot Kodachrome over the years. It’s a great film. While I’ve not shot much of it, even I have shot some of it myself over the years.
It’s not just about the film though. It’s more the notion that there’s one less option out there-one less process for a photographer to try, one less type of film we can use, one more decision a camera or film manufacturer has made for us. I like options-options are good. Without options, all of our work would start to look the same. If there’s anything you should know about me (by now) it’s that I don’t like work that looks “the same.” In fact, I’ve always been a big fan of “the different” (for many reasons, and in whatever form that takes.) So there you have it. I said it. I’m going to miss Kodachrome. Not because of any nostalgia, not because I’ve shot thousands of rolls of it (I haven’t) just because I’m one of the many people who just doesn’t want to see it die.
I’d be curious to hear your take on the whole Kodachrome issue. Did you shoot a lot of it over the years? Or were you more a fan of that old Paul Simon song than the film itself? Will you miss it when it’s gone? Or, perhaps, are you happy to see it go?
So much for those “nice bright colors” and those “greens of summer.” Sorry, call me crazy, say what you will, but “Mama don’t take my Compact Flash away” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
Until next time…