Kodak, the current Kodak, which isn’t the old Kodak, have brought back E100 – a colour positive (or slide) film that last saw production around 7 years ago. In keeping with the times, what used to cost a few dollars now costs 25 of them, and the production run sold out almost immediately. I don’t think for a minute that demand is going to lower that price, but I’d be happy with a continual supply.
Is film dead? As it was, yes, it will now only ever be a fringe concern, the machinery of professional photography rests on a binary footing. But as a choice, a simple pleasure, maybe it will have a second life in the way that we have moved back to other things – local butchers, small batch beer, any number of concerns often decried as the domain of the hipster, but more realistically, the domain of people who liked doing things they way they did them ‘before’. Progress doesn’t always mean better nor does it mean more fun.
Loading a Leica and thinking about what you’re doing because pressing the shutter release has a consequence and a cost is a step in an apprenticeship you’re never too old to take.
Some of these were taken with my last rolls of E100G which expired in 2014. Some of from the new batch and they are different emulsions, but I can happily live with either. I’d really like to live with both!