Buried Camera Found 18 Months After Earthquake, Wedding Photos Intact

A crazy story of photo survival has emerged over in New Zealand. Apparently a couple had lost their camera during the Christchurch earthquake last February. They found the demolished camera yesterday, 18 months after it got buried in silt, and were overjoyed to find that their precious photos were still readable.

Ashleigh Stewart of Stuff writes,

In the rush to evacuate their badly damaged home, Burley lost the camera containing more than six months of photos, including those of the couple’s wedding ceremony and honeymoon […] He was overjoyed when he stumbled across the camera embedded in his driveway this week […] Once the memory card was plugged into his computer, it took only two attempts and a bit of tinkering before all 2.5 gigabytes of photos were recovered.

Memory cards are surprisingly resilient when they’re encapsulated in a camera. A couple of months ago, we wrote about how a CompactFlash card had survived 3 years at the bottom of a creek.

Wedding photos lost in quake found [Stuff]

Thanks for sending in the tip, Regan!

Image credits: Photographs by Don Scott/Fairfax NZ and Martin Burley

  • SwedishKiwi

    So he didn’t transfer any of his photos for more than six months?

    That’s also crazy.

  • Haufkamp

    i think it’s perfectly logical.

  • Lonnie Shull

    Quick tip: Make a text file with your contact info and upload it to your memory card. That will help folks locate you if you lose your camera.

  • SwedishKiwi

    Understandable (because it’s human), but not logical. Not that you should expect an earthquake to bury your camera, but you should never assume that the pictures in your camera are safe until you’ve transferred them to your computer, backed them up – and then backed them up again somewhere else.

  • Mansgame

    Yeah but it’s also good practice to format your card before a shoot.

  • fahrertuer

    Better tip:
    most (all?) DSLRs let you embed an about line into each photo. I’ve put my E-Mail address in there so contacting me is possible.
    That info stays on the camera even when the card has been formatted (as I always do when I transferred the images from the card)