I think that's a great idea. My camera went missing a couple days ago from OWS and its hard for me to find a way to be involved now. I think we should brainstorm on a way to fundraise for back up gear, plus it would give me something to do. It seems like cameras and gear going missing is becoming quite common and it's really making me nervous. What does everyone think about this?
On Nov 2, 2011, at 4:15 PM, Peter Harris wrote:
I'm not sure how to approach my particular situation and so ask "YOU" to
I was arrested last week and my camera gear was confiscated by the police,
sent to "intelligence" to be analyzed. I have a court date in Dec and the
arresting office assumes I'll get my gear back at this time. I have spoken
with a lawyer and they have seen cases similar to mine where "evidence"
doesn't get returned for years. As a professional photographer neither of
these situations is ideal and only affects my productivity and livelihood. I
am without insurance.
To make matters worse I was having my girlfriend get my backup gear
together, in Boston, and someone broke into the car and stole it all, just
hours after she put it into the car. Although I love a good conspiracy
theory please let's not go there, I'm paranoid enough already these days.
As a member of the photographers working group, sub-group of media, one
thought is to submit a budget for "back-up" gear for our group so that in
the event that a photographers gear is stolen or in need of repairs then we
would have gear available until their specific situation is resolved.
I'm open to any ideas and have even thought of doing some fundraising on my
own behalf but this too is uncharted territory for me and could use some
All the best,