Or to be accurate, more of a short affair. The one allowed by nine rolls, eight actually, since I decided to keep an unexposed one for nostalgia purposes and also because I just got out of subjects and time to meet the last processing deadline at Dwayne’s. Reasonably short-dated and found for a bargain in the shelf of a photographic store visited during my first stay in Berlin in December 2009, it was hard not to consider it worth a try. So all nine remaining rolls it was.
It was the first (and last) time I used that film and its rather curious (for me) processing ritual of the nonetheless already legendary prepaid film mailers that came inside the film box. Not even a stamp and up to Kodak’s european headquarters in Lausanne they went, from which they were forwarded to Dwayne’s in Kansas to be processed and sent back. As an overkill as it may look like, it all went in a pretty straightforward way and I think in a couple weeks I had all eight rolls back home, safe and sound and spotless processed.
As part of the whole end of what was quite a legendary film, several initiatives came out to grow around its farewell, probably the best known of them being the Kodachrome Project and also the documentaries following the story of the last rolls ever being processed officially, and something more.
Since then, some claims of home-made DIY color processings came out, but all in all what was meant to be gone, was gone. It was interesting to be a part of it when it was still possible, and I must say that specially under some light conditions, the quality of the colors coming out of it was, pure and simply, unique (which sadly I wasn’t able to fully take advantage from). Being something specially noticeable when projected as a slide and not near as much when on a computer screen or printed, I was quite surprised to see a similar property when I first loaded them in our digital photo frame. Quite a nice and unexpected discovery.
Not that I was actually saddened by its disappearance, being not much of a color user myself, but I can get some people coming significantly upset around its parting. Also because for us, Spaniards, its demise had been already settled de facto several years before Kodak made it official, based on a wide bunch of reasons, each one of them more surrealistic than the previous.
Or in other words, vete tranquilo, que vas bien despachado.