Hidden Treasures On Old CF Cards

A damaged image file recovered turns into art.

A damaged image file recovered turns into art.

 

Sometime last year I lost a bunch of older images on an external drive. I wish I could say it was a bad drive and that it failed or that someone came into my office and stole the whole drive, but the fact is, I erased it. Fortunately, I have most of the lost images backed up on a series of DVDs. But the DVDs are in a friends attic in England. I may never see them again. A great back up, right? As a result of complete fear of never seeing some of my earlier work I have been looking back through old drives but with very little luck. Then the idea came to me to check old CF cards (compact flash) and run some data recovery software to see what I could find. I am amazed at what I am uncovering. I am amazed for two reasons. The first being how much I am finding. But the other thing that amazes me is seeing old photos that I discounted as rubbish and some images I don’t even remember having taken. This seems to be a reoccurring theme and one that will be talked about at great length on tomorrows podcast with Michael D Davis. Be sure to check it out. Until then I leave you with these lost treasures.

 

Gujjar girl. This images was actually still on a 1GB CF card that I never erased.

Gujjar girl. This images was actually still on a 1GB CF card that I never erased.

 

A Gujjar boy.

A Gujjar boy. An image I have never used till now.

 

I don't even recall ever shooting this image.

I don’t even recall ever shooting this image.

 

A slice of Gujjar culture lost on a CF card.

A moment of Gujjar culture lost on a CF card. Five years later, this man was at the wedding I attended last Dec.

 

An inside look into a Gujjar woman's kitchen.

An inside look into a Gujjar woman’s kitchen.

 

Another images I can't even recall taking.

Another images I can’t even recall taking.

 

This girls face I will always remember. But I never felt the image was worth doing anything with.

This girls face I will always remember. But I never felt the image was worth doing anything with.

 

This man's face I also remember.  But, like the one above, I never did anything with it.

This man’s face I also remember. But, like the one above, I never did anything with it.

 

A Gujjar family portrait lost till today.

A Gujjar family portrait lost till today.

 

 

About Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer.

In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.

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