"52" - Week 10 - First Digital Photos
Holy shit, I actually found them.
I had to run a virtual machine with Windows XP, and use recovery software to copy them off of long-formatted Zip Disks, but I found them: the first digital photos I ever took. Spoiler alert: they're about the size of postage stamps.
I received a Handspring Visor as a gift from my parents after graduating Middle School, and it came with - gasp - a camera attachment. I couldn't contain myself. I shot everything around me in glorious 320x240 color/black and white (160x120 if I was filling up the 5mb Visor memory). Unsurprisingly, I mostly took photos of cars!
The tiny little image sensor came packed with foresight. No need to apply any retro-filters to these shots -- they already have the faded colors and posterization that hipsters want, nay, DEMAND. Very clever, Handspring. Very clever indeed.
Since these photos were on formatted (and, in a few instances, corrupt) Zip Disks, any timestamps of the original files are lost. However, it looks like they were taken between June 2002 to whenever I began to neglect the device, since digital cameras rapidly became more available with quite higher resolution.
While doing a massive attic cleanout last year, I stumbled across the actual device that took these, and I couldn't bring myself to throw it out. Immediately before posting this, I popped in some new batteries. Lo and behold, the thing still works like a charm. Even better, I still have the original data transfer cable.
I think the stage is set for an upcoming 52 Week entry. Who else wants to see what kind of images I can eke out of this thing nowadays? Keep an eye on the blog.