Kodachrome

The end of Kodachrome.

By the time the news hit me, I knew practically nothing about Kodachrome and it's history. I had heard and seen its name everywhere and come to the conclusion that, in fact, it was a very important thing. Immediately I deduced that it was vital for me to shoot my own roll before it was too late to do so and I would never be able to relate to an experience that pretty much every photographer to this day has had. So the game was on. Find Kodachrome. Shoot. Find Lab. Process. Done. Well... it wasn't so simple. No stores were selling Kodachrome anymore, and pretty much every last roll whispered of in clandestine fashion to me had mysteriously disappeared. Furthermore, only one lab in the world had the chemicals to process Kodachrome, and they were in Kansas. I continued my search, until a friend told me of this top secret organization, (shhh.. eBay), where I could find the goods. The merchants were kind enough to ship the film all the way from Kansas, where I would later ship it back to, only for it to be shipped back again. I shot it very quickly. I had to - there were only a few days left before the lab would reject all kodachrome...forever. Finaly, I got notice that my package had been recieved a day before they would have rejected it. I could now rest and go back to South Africa for two months knowing that, by the time I returned, I would have some slides to look at. Surely enough, they arrived in my absense a month and a half late, but this didn't not matter. I finally had some time to scan them into a computer at Camera Traders today. I shot two expired rolls of 36 exposure, 25 ISO slide film. The blue wash is due to the age of the film, but I quite like what I got out of it. Enjoy this series of random events, they all occured within 3 days. On December 31st 2010, Kodachrome died.