**New Kodachrome Forum**
I am about to launch the Kodachrome Project forums on my Kodachromeproject.com website and would like to get some outside input on what topics Kodachrome fans might like to see listed besides the obvious of history, technical, etc. For the foreseeable future, there will not be any fee to join the forums and I am hoping to add a user gallery by the Summer.
The reason I have been prompted to do this is that when I do a google search on Kodachrome now, out of 1.1 million results, my site comes up 8th. This means that the site already has high visibility in the search engine, so why not allow the photo community to chime in on what they want to talk about in regards to Kodachrome and the kodachrome era?
I want this to become a great site in which folks have a place to help come up with great ideas in which to foster the greater good of the Kodachrome Project. That way, even when the film is truly gone, there is still a great place to share stories, images and our love of Kodachrome.
Feel free to chime in...
I admire what you are doing, and wish you good luck with your project!
I'm all for it! Please announce when it's ready, either here or "the other place" or both.
Here's a few suggestion
Processing and Availability News
Digital scanning and workflow
great idea and very nice what you're doing. Its like a fresh air to breath.
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Why not just open one here?
Why don't you speak to the owner here at APUG? We don't need to split the analog photographic community up. I'm sure he'd let you moderate a forum on here, but keep developing the articles on your site, that would be great.
That's a great site. Keep up the great work and keep posting here too about your progress. We need more sites like yours to tell the world that film is alive, vibrant and diverse.
Great site Daniel. That Pop McKee photograph is absolutely wonderful!
I sold my last frozen bricks of PKM two years ago (and threw in all the K200 I had left). Unfortunately, the processing situation had/has gotten quite impossible.
I was never completely happy after KII and the daily 24 hour pickups/deliveries disappeared. Better to say goodbye and let it go gracefully.
Well 90% of the time, I get great work from the lab and the look of the image quality is directly a result of the effort I put into it.
But that said...
What *is* the Kodachrome Project?
I am actually sitting here with my web tech preparing to re-do the site it self right now. Kodachrome has a finite life and it will be coming to a close sooner than later as common logic would have it. So with that, I personally decided to shoot the film in as many diverse places in the country as I can. That is far more realistic that trying to go all over the world in 2-4 years time.
With this said, the site will soon reflect what the true idea of the Kodachrome Project is at this point. While I will make reference of my intentions to portray "Our America" with the film, even the title page will say "Our World: One last look on Kodachrome" to more accurately portray who should be shooting this and why.
No one, and I do mean NO one should feel left out or barred from participating in what this idea is.
What the Kodachrome Project is about is the idea to do more than just shoot pretty pictures of abstract color and form and your kids on the film. What the idea means is to go deeper than that. Grow as a person, take risks, be even more kind and inquisitive among each other. I have seen some of the images on the Flicker groups. While there is some nice color in there, what is lacking is the soul of this film and the way it speaks to it's viewer when one simply emerges with great imagery with real social depth and meaning.
There is no way Alex Webb, Sam Abell or any other accomplished Kodachrome shooter is going to be able to take this film today and shoot it all. This has to be a collective of everyone's best work. And it has to be phenomenal. The Kodachrome Project is an excuse to get out and grow by leaps and bounds as a photographer and a social human being. We have VERY little time in which to do this. But we DO have time, that is the amazing thing folks!!!
In my 33 years as a photographer, Kodachrome is by far the most compelling medium in which to depict the world. It is the one I have bonded most with. I feel like if I can succeed at doing it justice in it's final days in looking at the world around me RIGHT NOW, then I am doing something that many will be able to look back on for years to come and feel touched, proud and like this film went out with a bang. I know I have it in me to do this. But I also know by the hundreds of letters from all photographers, greatly known and amateur alike, anyone who wants a great reason, venue and meaning in which to shoot the last rolls of this stuff ought to be on board, period.
It is the year 2008 and in a world filled with digital mania, what are YOU going to do to help proudly close what is most certainly one of the most incredible eras in photographic history?
The Kodachrome Era.....