In My Bag: Aleppo – by Cengiz Yar Jr

Cengiz Yar JrBased out of Chicago, Cengiz Yar Jr is a documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist whose work has been featured in publications around the world. His photography focuses on human conflicts, both violent and peaceful, and aims to encourage understanding by fostering interest and making the alien familiar. His travels, work, and studies have centered heavily on Asia and the Continental United States.

in my bag

I carry a variety of bags depending on where and what I’m shooting. In December I traveled to Syria to spend time documenting the civil war. I had a large duffle bag packed with medical supplies, warm winter clothing, my computer, cameras, body armor, as well as chocolate, cigarettes and other types of small bribes. After about an hour drive from the Turkish border, my driver dropped me off at a safe house where I spent the night. In the morning a translator arrived (a day late) and asked me what I wanted to do and how long I wanted to go into Aleppo for. I explained that I wanted to meet with a militia and go in for a day or two. He said it was no problem and said we should go now. Right now. I packed the below bags, put on my body armor, grabbed my helmet and followed him out the door. About an hour later I was crushed in the back of an old Hyundai with Free Syrian Army fighters smoking cigarettes driving towards Aleppo. They asked me how long I was going to stay with them in the city for, to which I responded a day or two. They laughed, paused appropriately, and said they were heading in for two months and didn’t know how I was going to get back to the safe house. So I had the equipment below and the clothes and armor on my back for a week in Aleppo before I finally made it out again. If you notice, deodorant and a toothbrush are missing.

Domke f-5xc
Eddie Bauer Trailhead
Lowepro Lens Case 9 x 13cm

Cameras and other Equipment
Nikon D90
Nikon F100
– Nikon MB-15 High Power Pack and Grip for F100
Nikon 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6
– Nikon 28mm f/3.5
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
GoPro Hero 2
GoPro watertight case with camera flashshoe mount
– GoPro charger cable
– Lens Baby strap
– Some old strap a friend gave me years ago
First Ascent Soft Shell Gloves
iPhone 5
iPhone charger cable
Apple Headphones
Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation
Princeton Tec Byte Headlamp
Targus memory card case
Sandisk 32gb
PNY 32gb
Toshiba 8gb
Kingston 4 gb
Mini Maglite LED 2-Cell
– 2 EN-EL3e Nikon batteries
– 6 loose AA Duracell batteries
– 1 Kodak Portra-800
– 4 Kodak Portra-400
– 1 Kodak Ektar-100
Moleskine notebook
– 2 Sanford uni-ball onyx pens
– Cheap plastic glasses
– Passport

Medical Equipment
– 500 mg tablets of Ciprofloxacin
– 2 mg tablets of Imodium
– 25 mg tablets of Meclizine Hydrochloride
– Glass vile of Lidocaine
– Lip balm
– Medical taps
– Hand sanitizer
– Isopropyl Alcohol prep pads
– Iodine prep pads
– Triple Antibiotic Ointment tube
– Long-noose tweezers
– bottle of Diphenhydramine hydrochloride 25mg tablets
– 2 Portable Agua water purification tablets
– bottle of Wal-Zy 10 mg tablets
– bandage roll
– assorted bandaids
– packs of sterile sutures
– 2 large gauze rolls
– small gauze pads
– tourniquet
– 6 rubber gloves

in my bag

Typical day in Aleppo bag
Domke f-5xc
Nikon D90
Nikon F100
Nikon 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
GoPro Hero 2
iPhone 5
– 2 rolls of film
– 2 memory cards
Moleskin notebook
Sanford uni-ball onyx pen

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