Tuesday, October 24, 2006

"Lost" photos rediscovered after almost a decade

Very recently Shihan Dan managed to open almost 100 syllabus-related digital pictures for the first time since they were taken in early 1997

The photographs were captured on a first generation digital camera in a format unknown to most computer programs today. With the assistance of an IT expert, Dan was able to convert these to jpeg files and put them to the use they were intended.

Shihan Dan said: "The camera didn't have a display screen - only a viewfinder. We saw the pictures very briefly on screen when they were downloaded to a computer. Then they were transferred to my PC without the viewing program. We meant to get a copy of the program, but somehow never got around to it. Since then every program we've tried has failed to recognise the image format".

The pictures were part of an early attempt to create a student resource much like this website. Said Shihan Dan: "In many ways we were ahead of our time - too far ahead. We gave up on the idea when we realised the costs and difficulties associated with such an ambitious task."

The pictures feature a variety of junbi undo (warm up and conditioning exercises) and basic stances, blocks and punches. Most of the photographs will be employed on the site as the information they contain remains as relevant today as it was back then. Some of the photographs have already been uploaded to the Junbi undo page. Check it out!