What Will It Be Tomorrow?

Most of us can remember a favorite technology that, heralded as cutting edge when it was introduced, eventually (and usually very quickly) became obsolete 💾, or evolved into newer and improved iterations.

As a photographer, there’s no doubt that the ongoing transition from analog to digital, which began in 2000 with the release of the Canon EOS D30, is the greatest change I’ve experienced. (I’m speaking here only of 35mm.) I suspect it feels similar to the replacement of photographic plates by film in the early 20th century. There will be diehards who continue working in the now old ways, but eventually the materials used in those methods (dye transfer is an example) are discontinued and the art is lost.


When I processed the leaf you see here, its red and yellow accents reminded me of a box of Kodachrome, surely one of the most iconic examples of film technology, and one that enjoyed a run of over seventy years before the last roll was developed in 2010.

Do you realize if it weren’t for Edison
we’d be watching TV by candlelight?
—Al Boliska


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