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Help Marcell share his passion again.
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I am Marcell Claassen, passionately sharing my experiences through photography which has also been my main source of income. Few days ago, all my camera gear & accessories, iphone 4 & passport was stolen from my room in Chimbote, Peru.

Who I am  

Hi, I'm Marcell Claassen and been travelling and working on the road for just over 16 years with the last 2 and half years in South America. I arrived here not speaking any spanish, making it even harder to get work. Work along the way pays my living costs and the travel when I need to move on. It was here that I became more and more dependant on my photography as an income, in addition to being my passion and what I do when I take some personal me-time. Being able to share my passions is what makes it even more worthwhile

Portfolio: my photos can be seen on Flickr, highlights in the  Portfolio Album

Blog:  read about my travels and experiences up to now at ExpedEvac 

My most faithful travel partners gone

On 17 Feb 2017, I woke up in the morning to find that somebody had come into the house where I've been staying, and stolen my iPhone 4s (yes, an old model but never needed anything more) and my camera bag which my camera, 3 lenses, external flash (and other accessories like shutter release, remote switch, leatherman, etc) and then also happened to have my passport (with a bank card inside) in - I'd been out the evening before taking photos on the coast. I was lost for words and I think just in shock - my camera and iPhone were over 5 years old and probably my most reliable travel partners I've had.

It also hit me that my main tools to earn income was now gone, and looking around me, suddenly realised how much I relied on capturing experiences and moments on my travels.

And now...?

I've started this to ask supporters and friends who enjoy my photography to help me raise money to buy a new camera, albeit one of the lower models and 2 lenses so I can start earning money...and sharing my photography with you all again; first of all to pay for my new passport which involves two trips to the capital and the South African embassy there...

Hopefully through this and earning money with my camera again, I can then also get at least an iPhone 5s (I don't need the latest to be honest) and a leatherman which is almost obligatory when travelling.

Breakdown of what the money raised will cover (buying the gear in Peru);

Camera: Canon EOS T5i with 18-135mm lens - US$ 920 (incl. extra battery)

                (note: a Canon EOS 7D Mk II will cost US$700 more)

Add Lens: Canon 50mm - US$ 175

External Flash & Cable: Canon 430EX or eequivalent - US$ 200

Accessories: UV filter, cable and remote shutter releases - US$ 100

Passport Replacement:

2x return bus trips to Lima: US$ 70   (taxis to/from hostel and bus station - 4x): US$ 30

2x hostel stays of 2x nights each in Lima (minimum): US$ 45

Food etc for the bus trips and stays in Lima: US$ 90 

Other (when and if enough funds):

Iphone 5s (2nd hand or new) and leatherman when available - US$ 350

 **Please feel free to follow these links and see some of my photography and blog posts from experiences and moments on my travels;

Portfolio: my photos can be seen on Flickr, highlights in the Portfolio Album

Blog: read about my travels and experiences up to now at  ExpedEvac

 

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