From Darkroom to Kodachrome Colour

Written By Bob Hunt
Stylized image of a tree in fall with orange leaves
Photo by Phil Burns via flickr Creative Commons
Kodachrome, they give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah
I got a Nikon camera, I love to take a photograph
So mama don't take my Kodachrome away.
- Paul Simon

For many of us the fall is a wonderful time full of colour and new fragrances. For others, autumn is a difficult, even a bleak time filled with grey, colourless days.

Facing the reality of my life with someone who isn’t afraid of my colourless days is part of my spiritual discipline. Working with a Spiritual Care provider is like inviting someone into the ‘darkroom' of your life; with a little time and the right tools, you can recover the colourful image on the film that’s just waiting to be developed.

Spiritual care isn’t simply an “it will be a brighter day tomorrow” pep talk. Rather, it’s trusting a Spiritual Care provider to accompany you in a healing process that honours the bleak times as well as the radiant. For most of us, moving from a darkroom view to a Kodachrome outlook isn’t instantaneous. It’s a process that takes time. There is a gradual shift from a grey and murky white to more and more colour.

I benefit from having a provider of spiritual care who is appropriately hopeful with me as I anticipate the return of sunnier times. UHN is blessed to have people like this at each of its sites.

  • If you’re having a wonderful Kodachrome day and would like to celebrate and reflect upon it, ask a member of your treatment team to contact Spiritual Care for you.
  • Having a tough day when things seem bleak? Why not make use of a resource that is here for you. Then see what develops.