What journalists carry on the front lines: KC Ortiz, Thailand
KC Ortiz is a freelance photojournalist based in Bangkok, Thailand, where he covers under-reported issues, conflicts, and their consequences.
His work has appeared in Global Post, Juxtapoz, Newsweek, Time, and many other publications.
Ortiz’s most recent assignments have brought him to Burma, Cambodia, and throughout Thailand, covering aspects of life from politicians to prison fights. In 2013, he began shooting a long-term project on the insurgency in Thailand’s restive Deep South.
Here’s what he carries in his camera bag while covering Southeast Asia.
1. Think Tank shoulder camera bag – This is the bag I use for every project, every day. I keep a light setup wherever I go, whether the jungle or on the streets. I prefer a shoulder bag because of the sizing, dexterity, comfort, and security. My larger bags are all Think Tank as well, but I only use them for transportation and not in the field.
2. Black Rapid camera strap – Convenient for a double camera setup and a nice strap in general. (Disclaimer: Black Rapid has supplied me with gear before.)
4. Passport copies – Much better then keeping the real thing on you.
5. Scarf – I know some wear it as a fashion statement or to look the part, but the reality is a scarf is an incomparable piece of fabric. It keeps you cool or warm and can be used as a pillow, cushion, tripod, bag, temporary gas mask, rag, towel, shade, sling, bandage, bug deterrent, and so the list goes on.
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