I’m not a great fan of the smell of chemist shops. I’m not entirely sure what that smell is, but they all have it. It’s the kind of odour I can’t breath in for long without feeling a bit ill. Perhaps that’s what it’s for – like the supermarket baker pumping the aroma of hot bread into the atmosphere – to encourage you to buy something. There is a positive side to this smell, though. It immediately reminds me of the first roll of film I ever had developed. It was in a chemist shop near the house my parents still live in. You had to be quiet in there, just as if you were in church. The head pharmacist was the priest and the 4in-square washed-out prints were like a collection of disappointing holy relics. The association between photography and the chemist shop is ages old, and while Boots says it isn’t giving up on film processing, it is obviously scaling back in less busy stores. It’s understandable, of course, but sad all the same. In all likelihood it won’t be too long before you can’t get a film processed on the high street, but when that day comes it will be purely because too few people are using the service. How much will you miss it? Take part in this weeks poll When did you last have a roll of film developed? by clicking on the link.