Grand Chenier, Cameron Parish, Louisiana

Cameron Parish

Fire is one of those things I’ve learned to ignore since moving to south Louisiana. There’s always a column of smoke billowing into the sky somewhere on the horizon, and it’s always just someone torching a canefield or a pile of brush or a bunch of garbage. We have a semi-tropical environment, which means it’s never dry enough for fire in a rural area to get out of hand. Very different from my upbringing in California, where every summer some idiot’s improperly doused campfire winds up burning down half the state.

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Kodak Ektachrome: Grand Chenier & NOLA incinerator

Shot in my Yashica MG-1.

Ektachrome (the non-professional version was sold under the name Elite Chrome) was Kodak’s last slide film, until they ceased production this year. It was close to Kodachrome in look, and was often used when that look was desired but higher shutter speeds were needed, or it had to be developed in the field where access to the specialized Kodachrome equipment and chemicals weren’t available. I had one roll that I decided I should use before it expired more than it already was. Some of the NOLA shots looks weirdly sketched-in; I think that’s because I was shooting in overcast conditions. I don’t know why it should have given them that look, but I like it.

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