I have always been a visual person and something of a documentarian. I would have always rather stayed in the background “capturing” events then partaking in them.
At the age of 13 I began to take photos of my friends in Los Angeles on a camera given to her by her father.
Although I continue to be an amateur photographer, one “era” of my photographs sparked the interest of the LA Weekly, a Los Angles life style newspaper, who were kind enough to sponsor a photo show and an article on my photographs and it featured the writing of John Albert.
These pictures eventually documented the early punk scene that she became involved in before joining L7 in 1986.
The LA Weekly sponsored art show at Aidan Ryley Taylor Gallery in Hollywood, until November 18, 2006. The collection, called “14 and Shooting” is a visceral look into the late 70’s and early 80’s LA Punk Scene.
It features photographs of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bad Religion, Courtney Love, Henry Rollins and more as well as a generally dark perspective of troubled youth in Southern California through the raw and authentic camera lens of then fourteen-year-old.
From LA Weekly:
“… What captured my attention beyond all the history and rock stars were her earlier pictures, from our teen years in the Los Angeles punk scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s. There was admittedly a wave of bittersweet nostalgia, seeing so many old friends looking young and unscathed, if not particularly innocent. But when I managed to step back, what resonated far more was the undeniably troubled quality of the subjects in her images”.
“I had seen the energy and defiance captured by other photographers, but while many have been able to render the rebelliousness, none seemed to grasp the underlying discontent like Finch…”