Jenniferfinchphotography.com focuses on a specific era of photographic documentation that began when I was 13. My intention is to continue to post galleries as I uncover thousands upon thousands of negatives from my garage, stored away in many plastic bins and cardboard boxes. I shot photographs just about everyday from the age of 12 in 1979 through the 80s, 90′s and into the 2000′s. Though I would essentially love to have all this stuff archived and call it a day, I am finding that scanning everything is a real time consumer and kind of interferes with my preference to live in this day rather than rehash and dust off the past. I am my own pitfall.
The images you will find here specifically document my experiences not just as a musician or a person with musical interests, but the people, places and things that made the hard days bearable and the fun days even more so. I never shot with a specific theme in mind other then to document my life and test film reactions, in saying that I have lived … a very full and interesting life. We were living in the limbo generation that sat between X and Y, experiencing both those last days of innocence before the AIDs epidemic, and the beginning of an era when more information could be crammed into smaller spaces, launching the new technologies that have completely changed the way people communicate and live.
The camera has always given me a way to hide while observing. To this day I shoot with the same ideals that I have carried with me over the 20 + years that I have been using a camera. One being that there is just something about capturing a specific moment within a big picture. I have always been fascinated with how people make the decisions they do and am compelled by the images that can capture that expression that happens when the wheels being to turn. What does a punk rock musician’s face look like just before they deliver a line that they have sung time and again? or a drug user just before they can put a needle in their veins? or the look on someones face just before a kiss? As for most of the live music shots, I have always looked for that private moment people in public seem to have with themselves- something only a camera can capture. Like shooting shadows of ghosts in a dark room.
These days I work as a web developer with a love for blogging, social media and watching technology change. I think it is perhaps another form of “Capturing a Moment” that can so easily get lost in a big picture.