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Robbed & Ransacked (Part 2)

(Please read Part 1 for a complete list of stolen gear.)

The thief/thieves ROBBED (part 2) returned Tuesday and busted into three more apartments in our building. We’re in a bad movie over here. The monsters are picking locks in broad daylight and busting windows and tromping through people’s places and taking what they can. They didn’t get into our place again, thankfully, but we’re on watch. When I called 911 on Monday, it took the Atlanta Police Department a full hour to respond to the call. We live a stone’s throw from a central cop station, but aren’t “in that zone”, so we get slack.

There’s good news in all of this, which is unexpected. The outpouring of support from the global photocommunity has been substantial. I want to thank all of you for your phone calls, emails, and comments here on 2point8, and there. I’ve had many offers for loaned gear, and I’ll be able to work in the short-term and photograph the campaign(s) in South Carolina. I rented a flash yesterday and was able to shoot an Obama event last night. Need to keep moving forward!

I’m considering putting together a print sale, to help recover a bit of $$, but it might take awhile to organize. Must focus on staying safe right now, and hopefully moving out of this place.

Thanks to all of you for reaching out. You’ve helped me deal with (and express) the grief all of this has caused. I’ve been most surprised by those of you I don’t know, and have never met, who’ve reached through the interweb to offer $$ or cameras or anything to help see me through. You’re all tremendous, and A and I both thank you for your kindness and generosity.

A few quick things. I’ve been trying to get back to each of you, individually:

* I’m getting resistance from my insurance, for a variety of __ reasons. I’ll continue to hound them and pressure them into covering what’s covered, but my initial call(s) with them yesterday were a letdown.

* A loaner for my Mamiya 7 is on the way (thanks, Sari!) and I have access to an M6 here in Atlanta (thanks, Bill!).

* A few of you have wondered if my blogs, and particularly my recent work in Jena or on “Jim Crow Road” might have given criminals a reason to target me. I don’t think this is the case.

* I’m still digging-up serial #s and more identifying info on my missing gear. Please photograph all the serials on your gear right now. Stop reading this right now and go do it. Now!

Two quick career links:

* On Tuesday, Derek Powazek posted a story I wrote (with photographs) about Jena, called “Busted in Jena“. The story will appear in the first issue of Derek’s forthcoming magazine venture, Fray.

* If you’re in Atlanta and want to learn more about street photography, I’ll be teaching a 2-hour power-packed distillation of history, techniques, and “Ways of Working” here on February 23rd. More info, here.

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