Little entry about how difficult it is to support local business when they stop offering services I use!
I just found a roll of Fuji Pro 400H in the drawer where I keep all my cameras and films. While trying to remember what could be on it, I realised that, for once, I actually had the money to go and get it developed.
There is only one shop in my local area that still processes film and the first time I went in I was pleased to see that didn’t just mean 35mm but also 120 film. So I took along my finished rolls of film- 3 black and white and 2 colour, only to find that, “We don’t process black and white any more, I’m afraid”.
“Okay,” I thought, “I’ll just have to use a mail order service for my black and white films in the future but at least I can get my colour films developed here.”
The past few months have been pretty busy for me with work so I haven’t had much of a chance to take photographs, therefore I haven’t been back to that local shop for about 3 months.
GET TO THE POINT
So today I went back to get the film I found developed and noticed they’d moved everything round inside the shop and had installed, wait for it….a coffee shop. Although it’s still a Kodak shop now you can go in and have coffee and cake.
As if there aren’t already enough coffee shops around here…
So I wandered up to the counter and with some slight hesitation pulled out my roll of 120 film, the girl behind the counter looked at me as though I had pulled out a severed head from my pocket.
“erm….we don’t do film any more”, she explained, still slightly confused.
“oh…right..ok”, I said.
So this appallingly-written story brings me to the question, that I know every user on this website will know the answer to: Is film photography a “dying art”?
Of course, I know that it’s not. Clearly recent sales of Holgas, Dianas, LC-As, etc. prove that, but how do we make that clear to our local photography shops? Mail order processing is expensive, time-consuming and for impatient people like myself, the wait of almost a week is just too long. But this is what it has come to, perhaps it’s time for me to move to a more interesting place that caters more to my hobbies…anyone got any cheap apartments in NYC?