So I just posted my first ever Kickstarter project. As I’m sure Blue Blood readers know, Forrest Black and I have been photographically documenting the deathrock scene for over a decade. We would love to do a coffee table book of some of our favorite images from this series. You can see all the info about our California Deathrock Book project over at Kickstarter now. It gives me the warm fuzzies that the book is already 11% funded after one day live. I am still kind of nervous about it. If any of y’all feel like giving me critique on how to make the Kickstarter post better, I’d love the advice. Kickstarter seems to really recommend a video; do you all think we need to add a vid?
“The refreshingly fascinating photography of Amelia G and Forrest Black successfully captures the alluring mystique of the members of our society’s underground sub-cultures, and presents these often-misunderstood individuals in a sexy, provocative, and yet approachable way.” –Linda “FC” Fletch, Editor, Tattoo Savage magazine
“I’m a huge fan of photography and I truly think that what Forrest and Amelia are doing is “right on”. I like their style of cross processing, and I like that fact that they go out into clubland and photograph the wildlife. I don’t see anybody else doing it. Keep it up!!” –Matt Riser, publisher, New Grave magazine
“If West Coast deathrock had official scene photographers, they would be Amelia G and Forrest Black.” –Kate Deathrock, Deathrock.org
Since the mid-1990’s, my partner Forrest Black and I have been setting up location studios in all sorts of unlikely and underground places. We’ve shot our personal work everywhere from behind the pool table in a dive bar to in the parking lot behind a theatre where we had to run a bunch of end-to-end extension cords out the back to power our lights.
When we started shooting, there were very few photographers who would ever shoot anyone gothic or punk or tattooed or pierced or fetish and the few who did approached the subject matter in a gritty unattractive anthropological manner, like they were going to the zoo. I wanted to create respectful and celebratory work. I wanted to capture the joy and tribal sense of community which I experienced in the various subterranean worlds we documented. I wanted the flamboyant beauty I saw to resonate with other people the way it did for me. I wanted the people we photographed to look the way they looked in my mind’s eye when I recalled the excitement of nightlife at midnight.
The West Coast deathrock scene has been one of Forrest’s and my favorite subcultures to shoot. We’ve been immortalizing deathrockers for more than a decade now. I love the way deathrock tends to combine the stylishness of gothic culture with the no apologies attitude of punk. We’ve shot deathrock bands ranging from Cinema Strange to 45 Grave. We’ve shot DJs and promoters from Satoki and Thee Gabe to Shane Taleda and Jenn and Dave Bats. We’ve shot publishers from New Grave’s Matt Riser to Ghastly’s Jeremy. We’ve shot deathrock pinups from Dahlia Dark and Domiana to Scar 13 and Fetus de Milo. Plus a huge assortment of other folks who make the scene what it is, from author Clint Catalyst to clothing designer Karen Schultz.
I would love to be able to present our deathrock body of work as a coffee table book. Approximately 40% of these images were shot on film, so we will need to get scanning done. We can’t work on the computer like we used to, so we’ll need some graphics help processing the most recent digital images. And of course we need to print the book. These are the things we will use the funding for, if we meet our Kickstarter goal. If we exceed our goal, we will add more pages and, if we exceed our goal by a bunch, then we will do a larger print run with full wholesale bookstore distribution.
Thanks, everyone! I sure hope this works out.