OAKLAND (KPIX) — One large-format camera is almost all that was left behind after thieves broke in to Oakland photographer Jennifer Little’s home on Wednesday.
Eight cameras were taken and — most frustrating of all — 21 irreplaceable hard drives containing about 70,000 digital photographs.READ MORE: Scientists Try to Save Migratory Western Monarch Butterflies as a Mystery Unfolds
“I’ve actually lost about ten years worth of work,” Little told KPIX 5. “That’s pretty much my entire professional production since I finished graduate school in 2005 and I lost all the work I ever digitized.”
The only pictures saved were about 30 images she took of Southern California’s Owens Lake for a book on the battle over water rights.
Little was also working on a book about an indigenous family in southern China.READ MORE: Fatal Fremont Hit-and-Run Crash Victim's Son Speaks; Police Search for Driver
“I’ll probably have to write off the project from China completely because it’s so expensive to go there and I’ve sort of lost all the groundwork documentation that the whole project was based on,” Little said.
Little thinks the thieves popped the screen off her bathroom window and climbed inside. Now she’s on a mission to get her work back, posting flyers around her neighborhood. She says the hard drives are worthless to a thief but for her, as well as her subjects and the books she still hopes to create, they mean everything.
“I’ll pay a reward to get them back, no questions asked,” she said.
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