This is epochal news, indeed. This is like reading “Gutenberg abandons printing business”. Kodak started the whole thing only 130 years ago with their “brownie” camera. And now they are bankrupt. That is the Tao for you, in the immortal words of Katy Perry “you’re up, then you’re down.”
I was always bored by the idea of developing photos, particularly the expense, so I didn’t really get into photography until digital cameras came along, and then I dived in. I found that this medium suited me more than anything as a means for keeping a record of my perceptions to some unknown end. Now we can record everything all the time and create a past that is tangible and accessible like we always thought it should be. Perhaps, once everything is catalogued and digitized it will magically coalesce and start a new big bang. When everything is known, the package can be wrapped and presented to God, who will then know why he made it all in the first place.
And poor ol’ Kodak will have done its bit. Not to mention the fact that they made a hell of a lot of money before going obsolete. In the words of that precious poseur, Shelley
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away”.