… the photographer Gary Matoso and I decided to take a three-month trip across Russia. He had a prototype digital camera, a giant Kodak DCS 420, and the crazy notion that we could post stories and photos in real time to a website as we traveled. This, at a time when just 14% of Americans had ever been on the Internet.
Through the miracle of Sprint telecom nodes, super-shrunk photos (25 KB each!), inhuman patience and perhaps a pact with Satan, we were able to send data to two guys in San Francisco, Tripp Mikich and Chuck Gathard, who posted them to our website, The Russian Chronicles. Here’s our glorious home page, hosted by Focal Point f8: