Paul Simon's "Kodachrome", like almost all of Simon and Garfunkel's songs, is quite poetic. In this particular favourite of mine, Paul Simon writes "Kodachrome makes you think all the world's a sunny day".
Video by Steve Mayfield from YouTube
Before Covid 19, we tend to view our world in gorgeous colours, there was no end to the pleasures and fun (with the aid of high technology) we could wreak on this planet despite the colour of blood in Gaza and Palestine, in Iraq (twice), Libya and Syria. Of course, hunger and poverty and greed have no colours to titillate or anger us at all.
Although I have played this song umpteen times on my vinyls, I realised this morning (after a brief lesson from the spouse) that Kodachrome does not refer to colour negative films, and the resulting pictures that we get from clicking our non-digital cameras. That is in fact Kodacolour.
Kodachrome is for slides , for producing positive transparencies.
I have lived with the spouse for nearly four decades and it was only today that I learned the origin of his boxes and boxes of colour-slides of Spain, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Sarawak, Sabah and New Zealand. With his hardy and faithful Nikkormat camera he has taken thousands of photographs of Spain, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Sarawak and Sabah and New Zealand in black and white.
|The Nikkormat - a 1960s solid and heavy (pre-plastic), precursor of the Nikon. It was discontinued in 2010 after 75 years due to falling demand.|
In comparison to Kodachrome which "gives us the nice bright colours", Paul Simon added this: "Everything looks worse in black and white". But I still prefer the nostalgic black and white.
Here are some of my favourites from the spouse's black and white collection on Singapore.
|Must be the pioneers of Singapore's Malay pop band. This happy scene was taken in a Malay kampung on Changi Beach.|
|Malay kampung house, Jalan Eunos,1966/1967. Where have all the kampung houses gone? Long time passing.|
|6 1/2 ms Upper Changi Road heading towards Kampung Chai Chee and SATA.|
|Here are the faces of the customers of Reality TV Islam; of a "commodified Islam".|