In a few hours, the photography world will lose a significant part of its history. Many will not even know it has happened. Not even photographers....well the amateur ones. Technology has pushed a giant player down and it will never recover. Don't get me wrong. I love technology. I am the queen of it in my household. I have an iPod, and iPad, and iPhone, and laptop and a desktop. After finishing The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins last night, I wanted to read the sequel right away. With a few clicks of a button and in less than five minutes time, I had the sequel and never had to leave my house. So I'm not opposed to technology, but it's hard to let go of the past.
Paul Simon dedicated a whole song to the film....with lyrics that say....
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, Oh yeah
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don't take my Kodachrome away"
So, the last photograph on the last roll of Kodachrome film is a cemetery. Dramatic? Perhaps. But this is the end of an age. Pushed out by the digital world. Technology's latest victim. Gone are the days of taking a roll of film and carefully feeding it over the teeth of the manual camera rollers. Looking through viewfinder and lining up a photograph worthy of an image on that celluloid, will no longer be the patient art it actually was. You took the picture, hoped it was good one. Trusted what you shot was good and then you waited for the images to be developed. An act of faith really.
As a very amateur photographer, I now take many photographs. I have my older, manual, film taking camera tucked carefully away and use my digital camera all the time. My grandchildren will never know the act of taking a photograph and having to wait to see the image. They can see the image in the second or two after it's taken. I don't know if they can truly appreciate the uniqueness of photographs the way I do. But it will be my job to teach them about the past so that can have a whole view of their future.