Gear Needed: Support My Documentary Photography

Hey everyone, I'm Iyana, an emerging documentary photographer. I have merged my master’s degree in public health with my creative practice as a photographer to create honest storytelling that examines the impact of environmental racism, water inequities, and gentrification on Black communities and how the Black cultural identity lingers in these spaces and communities the people are erased from.
Your donation will support my research and development for my ongoing photography project I’m Still Here  domestically and abroad. All of my projects have been self-funded for almost two years, and while COVID-19 has not hindered the creation of my work, it has created more barriers for me to continue self-funding it, so I am asking for your assistance to help to continue creating, researching, and conducting this important project with gear.

Recently my laptop crashed during my final stages of finishing a Fulbright scholarship application, and while developing other critical creative opportunities —  the next stage of my project is crucial and dependent on me being outfitted with the necessary equipment— I have been functioning with a loaner which is due for a return soon. 

A computer is the second most valuable tool of my practice: for editing, research, and grant application. The number one most important tool is the camera. I have learned from my laptop’s crash that I would be nowhere without my camera — it is crucial that I have a backup for this purpose.

To learn about me and the project visit: 

I am asking for assistance in acquiring the following:

MacBook Pro 13-inch (1TB storage) | $1,900
Macbook Insurance | $280
Sony lens | $2,000
Sony memory cards | $130
Lacie external drive | $250
Camera backpack/bag | $130
Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) | $500
Equipment Insurance | $300
Notebooks, writing utensils, etc. | $50
Funding for additional gear | $500 

No donation is too small.

Under $30 - Will receive a shoutout on my newsletter 
$31-$99:  Will receive a shoutout on my newsletter, and a personal thank you email
$100 - $149   Will receive a shoutout on my newsletter and 4”x6” Postcard
$150 - $299:  Will receive a shoutout on my newsletter and 8”x10” Print
Above $300: Will receive a shoutout on my newsletter and 12”x18” Print

All postcards and prints will be delivered by Fall 2021. (If you chose Anonymous, I will send you a private thank you, instead of a shoutout.)

If you have any questions, please email: [email redacted]

Sending my gratitude! <3


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Iyana E 
United States

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