Commuters pass by in one of the tunnels of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.
I was reminded of this image recently when I read Steve McCurry’s blog post showing some of the images he captured on the final roll of Kodachrome. One showed this same scene, albeit in portrait format and, of course, far better composed.
I shot a lot of colour transparency film in my youth but, due to the way Kodachrome was sold in the UK (with processing pre-paid) and the fact that I was a poor student at the time, I initially opted for Fujichrome (with cheaper E6 processing and no up-front processing cost) and stuck with it once I realised how great its colours were. On the few occasions I did shoot Kodachrome 64, I liked the film but ended up going back to Fujichrome 100. I do remember shooting Kodachrome 25 a few times and liking it.
Regardless of the fact that I wasn’t Kodak’s greatest customer, I still feel a bit nostalgic to think that Kodachrome is no more. It’s part of my photographic heritage and was the subject of many a Camera Club discussion back in my formative years.
OK – time to drag myself away from all this nostalgia. Take a deep breath, remember the smell of fixer and the amount of time I used to spend cleaning the darkroom, and get back to Lightroom and Photoshop.
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