Twenty years ago today I had just arrived in Japan on a work trip, eagerly carrying my first-ever digital camera, a bulky, 1.9-megapixel, Nikon Coolpix 950, with a 3x zoom lens,
which I had bought between Christmas 1999 and the New Year. On pretty much all my travels in the previous decade and a half, I had carried a 30-lb. backpack containing 3
Pentax SLR bodies (a PZ-1 loaded with Fujichrome slide film, a second PZ-1 with Kodak T-Max for serious monochrome work, and the third with Kodak Tri-X pushed to ISO 800;
three bulk-film canisters, each containing 12 rolls of film; 3 lenses (a Pentax 28-105, a Pentax 100-300, and a Tokina 20-35, ); a tripod; an external flash; an assortment of
filters, extension tubes, and close-up lenses; and a few other bits of paraphernalia—you get the idea. I spent around 10 days in Japan and continued on for 3 or 4 days in Hong Kong,
and I clearly remember this beginning of my love affair with digital photography. I had a full black-and-white darkroom, but I have to admit that I never developed another
conventional print. I have many in my archives, of course, and still very much enjoy revisiting them. But for the purposes of this post, I’m bringing you a few of my favorite images from 20 years ago. Ah, the memories!