New Years Eve 2010 – Everyone is taking a look back at the passing year. Much has happened, but for photographers the most poignant news was the end of Kodachrome. I said my goodbye a while back (“Goodbye Kodachrome”). Today I again sorted through some old slides – Kodachromes from half a century past. One struck me as familiar: a white flower, like one I photographed a short time ago.
I was struck by the difference – the seeing, the technique. Photography has been a fun hobby – there is always more to learn. It is illuminating to see how my style has changed. Of course that is not all that has changed. Different technology, different cameras. Fifty years ago Kodachrome reigned supreme. Cameras had a long way to go before automatic exposure control would become routine.
Automatic focus was not yet dreamed of, digital photography still unimagined. It was a fascinating time, I enjoyed being part of the evolution and revolution.
The small pictures show that time also takes its toll.