Sure, I had snapped the odd photo from time to time prior to this year, especially from high school and college photo classes. But 1997 represents the first event—an October vacation to New England—where I intentionally planned a series of photos to become an album.
Access Orlando, January 27, 1997
8 Photos My friend, Jeff (who had convinced me to sign up with Access Orlando after I learned my first ISP, Orlando Online, was being bought out), used to moonlight for this ISP and, one night, finally brought me along for a peek at what was, basically, a converted garage. It was stunning. I'm taking for granted that it's okay to post these pictures now. Not only is AO long since not located here any more, the equipment is obsolete. A nice glimpse at what drove the Interwebz back in 1997. By the way, these photos represent my first-ever use of a consumer digital camera, as poor-quality as it may be!
Magic Kingdom & Epcot, June 6, 1997
11 Photos Some VERY old, very small, very poor-quality GIF files taken by an equally old/small/poor-quality digital camera—the first digital camera I ever used.
New England Vacation, October 2-18, 1997
150 Photos My first trip to New England to enjoy spectacular fall colors. The titles and descriptions are paraphrases of the journal my mother kept on the journey. These images are CVS photo lab scans from original 35mm negatives.
Most of these shots are geotagged. Some of them need some fine tuning for accuracy. Others, I'm still trying to determine the location, and unfortunately there are a few I'll likely never be able to nail down.