Jul. 20th, 2009

accozzaglia: (colourful little heptagonal star)
I am 31 exposures into my first shot roll of Kodak Ektachrome EIR film, which was loaded yesterday in the complete darkness of a camera changing bag after some friends and I watched a Mexican wrestling event at Harbourfront Centre (colourful and great burlesque theatre, and at no cost!). Since starting on this Kodachrome stretch of shooting, I vowed that all colour film going through my 35mm cameras for the next 17 months will be nothing but Kodachrome notwithstanding (we love to make use of the annoying notwithstanding clause here) Ektachrome EIR.

So what's the big deal here?

Ektachrome EIR is probably one of the strangest colour films ever put on sale. )

In any case, I finally felt that yesterday was the day that I'd pull out one of my three remaining rolls and shoot it as an experiment. I need to get through the roll fairly quickly, but I also want the quality of what gets shot to be fairly worthwhile. Aside from taking pictures of some friends (and letting one take a picture of me, so to see how purple-dyed hair looks), I've shot a few familiar scenes — including the most unexpected coincidence today.

A year ago this week — 363 days, to be exact — I was walking beside the railway line near my home when I saw this guy reading a book in a somewhat precarious, but neat perch: atop an electrical box for switching the railway track routing. So I asked then if I could shoot a frame of him, and he said sure. Today, at about the same time of day, I saw him for the first time since. I like to walk that stretch regularly, but had not seen him again before today. We talked a bit this time, introduced ourselves, and I shared that the photo of him reading a book turned out well (and gave him the link to view it). He allowed me to shoot him with Ektachrome EIR today, and I expect it, along with the rest, to look positively surreal. The difference this time is he was looking at me, semi-posed on his perch, so it should prove to be an interesting shot.

So that's pretty much the boring dope on why I'm excited to shoot this film. I know I'm a nerd, but I'm amongst company here, right (please say yes please say yes please say yes)? :)

p.s.: If anyone's interested, I'll post some of the better results (touch wood!) in a future posting.

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