The Last Frame…

The Last Frame you shoot can often be too close to the tape if you are spaced wrong or simply press your luck. I try not to go past #36 but sometimes momentum just carries you on past it as in the shot above of the Mardi Gras masks that has been cropped a tad from the right. Thankfully there a couple of nearly identical frames in the set if I decide I need them…

I took this and the other 5 images on this post out of some hastily looked through boxes of slides at the lab to be able to have some to show people while shooting Kodachrome film well past the 30th of December deadline for getting your film souped. These images posted represent the time frame of the last two weeks of last year, some 2,000 more would be made after the 30th and before Dwayne’s Photo would be done processing the enormous Kodachrome backlog that ensued…..I had more time and plenty of film.

At the close of business on the 30th, the last Kodachrome lab in the known universe would now have enough film to keep the processor churning until January 18th, 2011 when the last roll would go through. Dwayne Steinle would finish up shooting the last roll to go through the complex processor in the morning and I finished the last roll to ever be shot about 10 minutes later ….in less than two hours, our film would be done and Kodachrome would be brilliant pop-culture history put to rest.. .  .   .     .      .       .         .              .

From December 26th to 1:36 PM on the 18th, Dwayne’s Photo processed 20,564 rolls of 35mm, 3,565 of 8mm and 57,655 feet of 16mm Kodachrome motion and still picture film. The load was staggering, office Manager Krystal Smith Adams had replied to over 2800 emails since December 1st. But the film got done just like it always had until finally, the machine was shut down and then all went silent…..

After my film was turned in and ran with the very last batch and the the K-14 machine was shut down, I shot Tri-X as reversal destined for dr5 until I reached home in Aspen via the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, my next book project to be shot all in black and white slide and negative medium format film….there is no stopping the creative freight train at this point, so I decided to help it along…

The photographs below are:  my father who lives near Dallas, downtown Dallas with birds covering the wires, men working at Cowtown in Wichita, KS, blue gelled flash on my camper window in Grand Isle, LA on a rainy day, and finally a rose light painted using a small flashlight in a circle ( when you have a cold, you have to shoot something ) You can see the partial ring if you look closely at the water drops…

Kodachrome is done, but my work with it is not. In fact I think this “Kodachrome Project” might just become a life-long affair with what is left behind, the beautiful Stained Glass Windows of Truth that are Kodachrome movies and slides…

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Still in Kansas and some press…

Looks like another week in Kansas for this photographer, Dwayne’s has a backlog of nearly 10,000 rolls. On another note, here is some press from Newsweek and local news channel, KAKE in Wichita Kansas…

Me at work at an aircraft assembly line, photo by Junebug Clark, Cessna..

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Kodachrome Film, 4/15/1935 to 12/30/2010…

So that’s it for shooting Kodachrome, the fat lady belted out a good one today, lots of high notes, a few lows. I will remain in Kansas until the last roll goes through the machine, which judging by the volume, could be as late as this time next week. I will have more blog posts as the next couple weeks pass, stay tuned!

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The Last Day of Kodachrome

The wind is howling in velocity and in the changes in photographic history that are about to take place. It is 230 AM in Parsons Kansas, the new film developing shift arrives at 6 AM where they will be greeted with more work and my camper parked at the lab that I have been living and shooting Kodachrome out of for over 18 months. When I turn in my last rolls of Kodachrome, I will have shot over 1,000 rolls for The Kodachrome Project in a span of three years, a book project and web awareness that instead of eulogizing the film, visually celebrates it in bold glorious color in it’s final moments.

At 12 PM CST on 12/30/10, Grant Steinle of Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons Kansas will stop accepting Kodachrome film for processing. This will mark the end of a 75 year era of media history and pop culture.

In the past 6 years, since I conceived the Project, a nearly fully self funded endevour, I have photographed hundreds of people in countless places. I even found the love of my life this past May while shooting the film in Yosemite National Park. We married in Vermont in late October, photographed our own wedding on Kodachrome film.

I want to personally thank Audrey Jonckheer at Eastman Kodak Corporation for her support and for bringing me out to meet with Kodak in June of 2009 before we announced the retirement of the legendary film.

I also want to dearly thank Grant Steinle at Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons Kansas for his top shelf support and insight for the past 6 years.

This has truly been an honor and a life changing experience for me and I am now fully confident that the resultant book will do the conclusion of the Kodachrome Era true justice.

Sincerely,

Daniel Bayer, The Kodachrome Project.

The Final Week…

The final week to use Kodachrome film is upon us, right in the heart of the holiday season. Grant Steinle and crew are working from 6 AM until 9PM to get all the film done that comes in on a given day, some 1,000+ rolls of still and movie film. I finished up in New Orleans, hung out in Grand Isle, LA for a couple days before heading North to Dallas to see dad and Grandma. Now I have a week, 130 rolls and endless subject matter to choose from…it is getting more surreal every day..


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Diving into the End Zone…

Whew…just over 14 days left to shoot a film that is now 75 years and 8 months old. Just sent another 150 + rolls off to the lab, will hand deliver the rest. After some 5 days and nights in New Orleans, I now have 172 rolls left. At this point, it is all fun, relaxing, great rapport with people, lots of new friends and incredible color. Hundreds of rolls, hundreds of days, hundreds of places and hundreds of faces. The Big Easy has treated me well, now into the Gulf spill areas and beyond…

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36 exposures, 30 days…

So here we are, a month left. I am sitting in a Starbucks in DC near the Aspen Institute getting those proverbial ducks in a row. Sent 150+ rolls of Kodachrome to the lab…they made it, whew. A little over 300 rolls left and a month to go…no pressure. I used to worry about not having enough time to shoot all my film, now I am glad I have a seemingly bottomless bag of gold and red film cassettes, I can go crazy one day or keep it to the point the next….actually hope I have enough. I feel centered, not sad, not crazed, not tired, not blank. After a high energy day of shooting in Patrick O’Connell in his world famous kitchen, I will head South, to the color, the people, the warm juicy air and do it up right. The journey continues….

Acadia, last light…

Landscape Architect Dennis Bracale…

Fallen, Frozen Leaf…

Classical Guitarist Kevin Morse…

Diver Ed…

Dulles Airport Color…

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Awesome Acadia…

Up in Acadia now, raw, solitary, weather, cold. Bar Harbor is a good base, kind of touristy but still Maine.  Tide pools, shells of crabs mauled by gulls, wild turkeys foraging while staying ranks…..Acadia….

A month in New England…

I have been in New England a month now, pretty incredible place, rich in diversity from large cities like Boston to dinky Canadian border towns like Derby Line. I have followed the Fall colors all around the state, photographed small town fairs, life as it is in the region. I got into a theme of long distance viewers, one covered in rime ice on Mt. Washington, another on the day that followed with a classic Fall backdrop. In late mid October, Sarah came out to see me for 10 days, we had a great time shooting and exploring together, the photos of me are by her. 63 days left, it is coming soon so shoot that film up!

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In God’s Kitchen…

Every time I have been through Greensburg Kansas, the sky is swirling, the land churning….it is eerie..

It’s like they built the town on a burner on the stove in God’s Kitchen and something is always cooking. Greensburg had been rebuilt, but it still feels like it is on the edge of something..the edge of weather, the edge of time…

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