Expletives do not suffice


in Daily updates, Photography

In one of my most boneheaded moves ever, I lost my wonderful Fuji X100s camera at the Canadian Political Science Association conference.

I was at a morning panel on “Natural Resources, Energy, and Climate” and because the desks were small I put it on the one behind me. At the end of the session, I walked to my next event, sat down, realized I didn’t have the camera, and rushed immediately back to find it gone.

I checked both the Ryerson and Congress lost and found locations and asked all the nearby staff members. I also emailed everyone on the panel, in case one of them picked it up.

The camera’s serial number is 33A04584 and it is clearly labeled in two places with my name and email address. Perhaps someone picked it up and has yet to contact me.

It’s an extremely painful thing to lose: worth about four months of my rent or well over a quarter of a year’s tuition. Over 4,000 photos I’ve taken with it since I got it in November 2013 are on Flickr.

[Update: 7:30pm] In a hugely relieving development, one of my fellow audience members — recently appointed to a tenure-track job at uVic — saw the abandoned camera, picked it up, and has now restored it to me.

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alena prazak May 30, 2017 at 6:44 pm

I am so sorry to hear that. Maybe my students and I could hold a garage sale once school is done and contribute to a fund for a new camera. Your photos provide a unique insight into the world around us.

Milan May 30, 2017 at 7:32 pm

I’m very happy to report that one of my fellow CUPE 3902 union members picked up the camera and I just met him to collect it. I’m picking him up a nice bottle of wine in gratitude.

Milan May 30, 2017 at 10:50 pm

It’s a great camera!

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