My names Jake Guzman, I’m a full time photographer based in Washington state. These past 2 months I’ve been traveling Europe with my good friend Chris. 2 weeks ago we were given a van to road trip all around Europe. With a starting point in Germany and the ending in Portugal. It was set to be the trip of a lifetime and our spirits were very high, stopping in places that we had dreamed about for years.
Everything was going well and after finishing up in Switzerland we decided to drive 10 hours through France and make a stop in Barcelona, Spain to get some sleep/rest before continuing onto Portugal. When we arrived (April 24th ) we found parking by the beach and decided to lock up the van and head into the city for a bit to get some food and explore the area.
When we got back to the van a couple hours later, we noticed that the pop-top on the van was hanging out ( meaning someone had opened it and closed it incorrectly) Very confused, we approached the van and saw glass everywhere. The entire van had been searched through..... Everything was gone. Our cameras, lenses, laptops, gear... it was all gone.
We immediately called the police but they didn’t offer much help, nor did they seem to care / have time for our situation whatsoever. So Unfortunately we have to end our trip early and fly home out of Spain.
As as many of you know, photography is my passion, my job and is how I support myself. Losing all of my equipment is a major setback and will put me out of work for a long time. Chris is also very passionate about video and creating and has lost thousands of dollars worth of his gear as well.
We are at a complete loss of what to do and how to recover from this. So I’m reaching out to anyone for help. 100% of these donations will be put towards new cameras / computers and the final donation amount will be split 50/50 between Chris and I.
Anything helps, thank you for your time. God Bless.
list of things stolen:
- Canon EOS R
- Sony A7r2
- Canon RF 24-105mm f4 L
- Canon RF - EF adapter
- Canon Rokinon 14mm f2.8
- Sony G- Master 24-70mm f2.8
- Sony Rokinon 14mm f2.8 AF
- Rode Mic
- DJI Mavic Air + batteries
- Easy store 4TB hard drive
- MacBook Pro
- HP Envy 17 laptop ( core i8 )
- SD cards