I have set the picture here as a featured image with the real file below because I need to warn you all. This is a 15.8 MB 2000×2000 png, cropped and shrunk from a .tiff file. I would not click on it unless you want it as a wallpaper.
While I am at it, Reatha’s kickstarter has been mentioned in the local photo magazine, D-photo.
When Marvin died, I thought all was lost. How would I ever afford to fix or replace him. Film Soup is run on the smell of an oily rag and even that gets low at times. When I told my community of Soupies what had happened the response was immediate and overwhelming. People were calling and messaging me to tell me that they would support Marvin and I to get up and running again. It was my clients who decided I should crowd-fund and got in behind me. I spent a lot of time in tears that day just so overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of people.
I researched all of the crowd funding options and I chose Kickstarter in the end simply because it was the most recognised and I knew there was a strong community of film photographers worldwide who would be likely to show support for what we are doing as well. I wasn’t wrong.
Really we need more than to fix Marvin, we need a new and reliable machine. Marvin is very old and it is almost impossible to get parts any more. CatLABS, who are the Jobo dealers in Chicago, have been fantastic helping me to figure out the best replacements for him. We came up with two options, a semi automatic CPP3 which is small, simple and easy to maintain but can handle the same workload as Marvin and is doing well in other boutique labs around the world. Or a factory refurbished ATL 2200, which would be refurbished for me by the Jobo factory in Germany. The fully automatic ATL 2200 is a more modern version of Marvin and would be the ultimate machine for us. There is however a significant price difference between the two machines.
It was a very hard decision to decide where to set my first goal. Originally I was going to go straight for the $8500, which would get us a new machine and allow me to fix Marvin, but I wasn’t completely confident I would make it that far. If you don’t meet your first funding goal with Kickstarter then you don’t get anything. My clients had let me know that they would be willing to put prints up for auction and help me to raise funds in other ways too. So the idea was to go for the lower goal and hopefully any shortfall could be met by other fundraising with my clients. Currently we are limping along with Starbug, which is a much smaller machine, so we hope any further fundraising will be unnecessary as the sooner we can get up and running with a new machine the better.
Reatha’s updates on her kickstarter are here. In the meantime, I’m wanting to shoot more film if I can get results like this.
Leica M6, Voightlander Color Skopar 21 mm f4 lens, scanned and processed kodak ektar by film soup, modified in Rawtherapee.