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“I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away.”
Sigh… but Paul Simon, they did take our Kodachrome away. I’m sure after you finish this post, you all will have that same song stuck in your head too ;-).
For many years since high school, I love trying new photographic techniques and different film. From red film, high contrast Black and White, and even sepia film (which was a big fail in my opinion), I have always wanted to try Kodachrome slide film. I remember reading all about it in my History of Films book about how bright, bold, colorful and crisp this slide film is. A slide film that totally fits my aesthetic as a fine art photographer? Yes, please! Since Kodak stopped production on Kodachrome in 2009, I have been trying very hard to get my hands on a roll. I can’t tell you how many times I lost a bid on ebay, and I kept failing.
Then one normal day at work in 2010, my old co-worker, Tom, told me he got a few rolls from his buddy and that I can have one! AWESOME!! When I received it, it was three years past the expiration date. I really didn’t care, it just made me more excited. You can still shoot with expired film, but you will never know what you can get. In my case, my photos are more blue hued than what it normally should be and it’s super neat.
I knew I had to shoot this roll quick. At the end of that year the only lab in the nation that still developed Kodachrome was going to run out of chemicals. That summer my family went on vacation to Colonial Williamsburg and decided to shoot with the slide film there. I photographed the grounds of the Governor’s Palace trying to find details that I knew could stand out beautifully on this slide film. In retrospect, I wish I took my time just a little more than rushing, especially now that my style of shooting has changed a bit, but I was too excited. Once we got home I put the film straight in the mail and made it just in time to have the Kodachrome film developed. I’ve had the slide film in an archival box in my cool basement since 2010 to help with the fading. It took until last week, when Tom offered to scan them for me so I can have a digitized copy to get them on my computer. I forgot how beautiful this slide film was, and it makes me miss shooting film more and more everyday. I hope one day Kodak can bring back Kodachrome film, but one can only dream. I spent the last few days color correcting the images to match the slides and wanted to share with everyone my Kodachrome slides. I couldn’t be happier and can’t wait to start shooting film more regularly.