The things we carried

When Gary Matoso and I went on that first trip across Russia, in 1995, we brought along enough cords, adapters, floppy disks, rolls of film and batteries to open our own pop-up Best Buy. At that time, it would have been virtually impossible to replace anything that got lost or broken on the road, so we made sure we had at least two of everything.

40 years ago

In the summer of 1976, when I was nine, my mother decided she’d like to visit the Soviet Union. My father was a US Navy pilot, the Cold War was in full swing, and Russians, as far as I knew, were our sworn enemies. What in the world was my mother thinking, going there on vacation?

Way back in 1995…

… 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.