I absolutely love this thread.
My first real edit to the Commons Article space was to move an article from the name Nôtre Dame de Paris to Notre-Dame de Paris (spelling mistake!). I had of course completely forgotten about that, but it’s a funny full circle when you consider I wrote this blog post a few months back and the last picture I uploaded was that of Notre-Dame on fire
I was one of the first 200 users to get an account on commons, something that to this day, I am still proud of. If you look at my early edit history, you’ll see that one of my first focus on Commons was to try and make the site “multilingual”, adding French captions to pictures and making sure many of the pages were available in as many languages as possible. At the time this was already an impossible task, the software was just not made for it. I am kind of like a kid at Christmas when I see the work being done around structured data and one of my oldest Wikimedia dreams on the verge of becoming reality…
My first picture upload was this one: it was a scan of a picture I took in Cajas National Park in Ecuador[*], since I was still working with film. To this day, it is still one of the most beautiful pictures I ever took. It was one of those pictures you have no idea you took and discover when your photos come back from the lab. One source of amazement we lost with digital photography .
[*] I’m impressed that this picture is still in use as the main pic on the Spanish article about the National Park!