In the wake of recent events in Charlottesville, The March to Confront White Supremacystepped off on a 10-day, 118-mile trek from Charlottesville, VA to Washington, D.C. Thanks to the Working Families Party, I joined the march as the official photographer. Originally, I was only going to march for 3 days, but it quickly became clear that my heart needed to complete the journey, staying all 10 days, documenting the joys and challenges of march for use in press, websites and social media. It was a pleasure and honor to march with an amazing group of people committed to confronting white supremacy in our nation and heal the wounds of Charlottesville. It’s heartwarming to see so many people come from around the country to march together, hear their stories, and march along with them to raise awareness and confront a difficult truth.
At the end of day 10, the March launched a sustained vigil in Farragut Square, where they will hold ground and launch wave after wave of nonviolent civil disobedience through September, demanding Trump be removed from office and with an agenda to denounce white supremacy. 3 days of photography turned into a 6 week project. I plan on being out in DC, away from my home in Brooklyn, to support and protect the marchers, capturing their growth and progress, and document if anything goes wrong.
WHY I’M ASKING FOR YOUR HELP
In the last stretch of the last day, and half way across the Key Bridge into Washington, D.C., I slipped in the rain and broke my camera. I was able to make it through the day but the next morning, it became clear that my camera body and lens were both broken, and without repair and replacement I cannot continue this vital project. I did everything I could to fix it myself, but I have to turn it into the repair shop and purchase an emergency back up camera to continue the work. Currently, I am without a camera. As a photographer, it’s very stressful to not have my tool of passion.
WHO I AM
My name is David Moriya, a photographer focusing on capturing the political change and growing activism in this nation. I created RoguePhoto.org, a nonprofit for photojournalists documenting protests and rallies around the United States. The mission is to connect photographers with their local nonprofits and collaborate on capturing actions; helping artists get out of their day jobs and into photography as their full time career, so they can support themselves financially through their chosen art.
WHAT I’M ASKING FOR
I am reaching out to raise funds to help me continue the work on the ground. I’ll be dipping into my emergency funds and savings, but I still need help to cover the costs of replacing my equipment. I’ve found used equipment so the costs are lower, but I still need help to afford everything.
Backup camera (used) - $1990
If I make anything beyond that amount, I’ll use it to help cover the following: Camera repairs - $600 24-105 mm used replacement - $600 Laptop - $525 Hard Drive - $110 Kyle’s Camera - $600
Laptop - Each night after the marchers go to bed, I stay up to edit and upload images to the web so the organizers can use the images for press and outreach while marchers and others can participate by viewing our daily progress. My laptop is 6 years old and no longer suits my needs.
Hard Drive - I’ve been storing my photos to one hard drive, but need to make a backup to store in a separate location in the case of water damage, loss or theft. Kyle’s Camera - My colleague Kyle O’Leary’s camera was also damaged in the rain, and if I raise enough I’d like to help cover the costs of his repair as well.
Thank you for reading. That alone is good moral support. Please donate what you can. I will continue my journey and the expansion of Rogue Photo as I truly believe it can help share the story of good work being done in our country, and if we can do it together, then we can all be a part of change.