Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Film is deteriorating, polaroids fading. Help to convert, store and preserve this material so I may share it with you and the world.
284 backers pledged $12,463 to help bring this project to life.

About

GONE IN A FLASH: Help Preserve 80s/90s Photo Collection project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$12,463

284

Since the age of 13, I've been using film photography to catalog my life experiences—never as a professional photographer, but simply out of love for the medium and my community.

Over time, I've amassed somewhere between 6,000 and 9,000 images and now, after being in storage, the collection is starting to deteriorate. To ensure these images are not lost forever, I must act now.

Please help me preserve this body of work.

Ten years ago I had the foresight to transfer all content from cardboard boxes to these light-proof tubs. This photo shows most of the photography-related material. However, there are seven more large tubs that contain diaries, journals, etc. that have images mixed in.

Taken as a teenager going to punk shows, my work features early images of 1980s Hollywood youth culture and scenery—a time capsule of a bygone era. I have thousands of photos of punk and hardcore bands and lifestyle photos of kids and musicians.

In the 1990s, while I was a touring musician with L7, I documented the tours we did with other rock bands. Most of these images of bands and musicians backstage have never been seen by the public. It’s a vast body of work documenting the lifestyle, arts, and culture of the 1990s from all around the world.

A few Polaroids showing signs of age. Here are Sublime, Warped Tour 1995, Civ and more.
A few Polaroids showing signs of age. Here are Sublime, Warped Tour 1995, Civ and more.

I have started this project many times in the past ten years, only to suffer frustration and stagnation. Upon examination, I believe now that my goals in the past were not consistent with my own values. I felt pressure to turn my collection into a book, or print the images and show the collection in an exhibit. There was this idea that a product should be my end goal. As obvious a goal as those products seemed, they never resonated with me, as I feel that this work is more about human connection, history, and something beyond just a static, printed piece.

I have now reoriented my goals.

My long-term goal/dream is to make this archive accessible and free to anyone who wants to use these images to tell their own stories. I, too, plan to do the same. Honestly, I am not exactly sure of the legal restrictions that will affect this dream of mine—I'm going to have to seek legal counsel to address this in the future—but I do know if I do not start preserving this archive soon, this work could be irreparably damaged and lost.

I have admitted that it is a bigger job than I can manage myself and have asked my immediate friends to keep me accountable. I also acknowledge and understand that money is another factor that is needed to make this project happen.

First, I need to organize and identify as much as I can by delicately going through the collection. It will then be carefully packaged and sent to a reasonably priced scanning specialist that is trusted and proven: SCANCAFE.com.

Once at ScanCafe, it will take up to three months for the final hard copies and a hard-drive of the scans to be returned to me. During this process, versions of the images will be uploaded by the scanning company to a server for previewing. This is when I will begin to fulfill my pledge commitments.

When I get the digital images back from ScanCafe, I will organize them, so they are accessible. I will keep two duplicate hard-drives locally and will upload the images to a secure, online storage account (Amazon S3) to further ensure their protection. The original material will be repacked and put in storage.

Your help is the only way I can get this done. Your attention and accountability will help me stay in the game. I am sure many of you know the power of motivation to help others and how sometimes it is the only route to helping ourselves!

Besides the community support, the funding will help remove many obstacles I have faced.  For those who are curious, this is my planed spending: $500 - help to organize scanning and timelines • $235 - 2 1T Hard drives • $250 used iMac (dedicated computer) • $230 software (Adobe Suite, Intensify, other MacPhun image editors) • $2,000 human help • $2,800 scanning services • $320 postage / supplies • $600 - for kickstarter promo movie • $220 light-proof storage bins • $550 custom storage locker • $400 (approx.) Amazon S3 storage for five years • $175 low-end film scanner by ION /printer by Cannon • $820 Kickstarter fees.

 Jennifer Precious Finch, shown here with the original Pentax film camera that was used for the majority of this body of work, lives in sleepy Rancho Park (Los Angeles). Besides photography and music, Finch is also involved in non-profit work with recovery and mental illness organizations and has a passion for helping others find their creative voice through music and art.

Risks and challenges

One of the highest risk factors in this project is the emotional toll it takes—it is such a massive undertaking and the amount of work can be truly overwhelming at times. As I said, I have started this project many times only to find myself getting frustrated and burned out. But now that I have a clear goal, as well as friends (and you, my supporters!) to hold me accountable, I know I can see this through to the end.

It may also seem risky to many that I will be using a scanning service that is not a local business. I have used this company four times, both for myself and for other client projects. In addition, I have built in some time and funds for scanning a portion of the work prior to shipping, so that my commitments to the Kickstarter community can be fulfilled, should an octopus eat everything, or any other act of God or man destroy the collection.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    GRATEFUL TO YOU!

    This is the most meaningful pledge and I am FOR REAL grateful to you! With this pledge, you will receive:
    → REGULAR UPDATES on the project.
    → A "THANK YOU" on my website.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    22 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $4 or more About $4

    Commerative Postcard, Numbered + Signed

    Receive a limited edition postcard commemorating your effort to help preserve my photography archive. Each card will be mailed to you via US Post, signed and numbered.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    115 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    "FIRST LOOK"

    FIRST LOOK backers will receive everything above and will be the first to see many unearthed and never-before-seen (even by me) images. As photos are being digitized, I will curate the most interesting, my favorites, and your requests (when possible) to a private IG account. Images will be uploaded on a regular basis for about 10 weeks or more. Expect around 70+ images.
    For those FIRST LOOK backers who prefer receiving their images via email, a digest version will be available at your request.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 53 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    FIRST LOOK + TELL THE WORLD I LOVE YOU

    Not only am I grateful to you, I want to celebrate you and tell the world about your business, project, or just about YOU with a shout-out or backlink. You will receive all the rewards listed above, along with your choice of either a shout-out on IG or a backlink from my website's "thank you" section with a Rel = "Follow" and a description. </end seoNerd>

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 27 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    "FIRST LOOK" + A PHOTO PRINT

    All the love from above, PLUS you get to choose a photo from the "FIRST LOOK" series and receive a physical print; a real old fashion light print... like "from the darkroom, printed on paper with silver gelatin” kind of print. The size will be approx. 8" x 10".
    The printer will be ICON LABS in Los Angeles. The print will be a signed A/P (artist proof), totally unique, and not part of a print series. I will oversee the process.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 41 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    ALL THE LOVE + A SIT DOWN

    This award is geared to collectors, other photographers or institutions that want to support a FIRST LOOK at the entire body of work. We will sit down in a studio, and I will give you an informal, personal tour of all the digitized content and will discuss the archiving process, music, or whatever.
    And of course, you get all the items mentioned above: updates, a thank-you, an IG shout-out or backlink, and a signed A/P print.
    The sit-down will be adults only, one or two people, unless otherwise arranged.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)