Before all this fuss over digital cameras, which lens is best for that shot? How many mega pixels? there was the long wait till you saw what the photos really looked like. The trips to the pharmacy to drop off the films so the person in the red room can work their magic. Knowing that someone out there was going to see the photos before you did? *gasp*
That was the kindle part of the process – surprise or shock me. They were the REAL Kodak Moments.
Kodak filed for bankruptcy this week. Very unfortunate. The impact of technology comes at a cost. Film photography has become a thing of the past. I showed our 7 year-old a film yesterday and so the 21 questions began (made me feel ancient lol).
We’ve always had a camera. Polaroids are my earliest recall. We never had disposable because Dad said it was ‘ma’imau le tupe’ (Samoan for ‘waste of money’). So he invested in a camera that always became obsolete after a few years – no surprise there. The realisation that many things are becoming almost extinct to the new generation prompted me to go treasure hunting through some ‘old things’.
Have you looked through your chest, boxes, filing cabinets tucked away in the least enlightening part of the house, attic or garage?
I found plenty of films. Sixteen which I had put away in a box because I was meant to get them developed last year when I found them. Seeing that film photography is becoming extinct (says the look on 7 year-old’s face) I’ll definitely make that trip to the pharmacy to get these photos done.
This week I’ll take the first lot in, then the tedious wait, eager return and instead of a gasp, excited to know what the red room came up with….
say CHEESE !