Monday, September 9, 2019

Golden hour engulfs the mountains of Kenskoff, Haiti

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Right before nightfall, the rain had stopped, and the sun peaked out of the clouds and turned magical, casting its golden warm light as far as my eyes could see. It slowly faded, didn't even last 15 minutes. The sun had gone back under the clouds, ending a fleeting moment of pure bliss. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Rising with the sun, 5:40 am Kenscoff, Haiti

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photo © patrice dougé All rights reserved


photo © patrice dougé All rights reserved
At dawn, when the sun is about to rise, a beautiful spectacle enhances the skies, filled with renewed energy. The launch of a new day with a chance and opportunity to complete what was unfinished yesterday.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Kenscoff grabs the attention of Haitian Nationals and foreigners alike

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At nearly 6,000 feet of elevation, Kenscoff cool mountains air attracts residents of Port-Au-Prince and beyond. The village of Kenscoff has lost some of its enchanting, environmental characteristics, however, it's the place I still go to when in search of peace and tranquility.  

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The courage to continue in the face of adversity...

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Life is not easy in the Haitian countryside, it's enormous the wide variety of issues that challenge women as they go about their daily lives. These women carry an excessive heavy load, particularly economic issues and family concerns compounded by the offensive gender inequality and Haiti's current socio-economic disaster.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The woman in the red dress

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Some of the typical vibrant colors you find in the Caribbean added some life to the photograph, but something was missing, I was desperate for the human element to add a little bit more interest to the composition. So I waited in the hope that some beachgoer wouldn't be aware that I was taking pictures and walk into the frame, and that's exactly what she did. And in addition, her red dress perfectly blended in. 

Monday, August 5, 2019

There's something about being on the open road ...

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To continually be in a different place, to awaken in a strange town, to have no engagements nor obligations besides aiming, composing and releasing the shutter, to be far removed from the seats of duties.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Achieving Simplicity ...

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Keeping things simple both in life and photography, no one can do this for you. It's about your choices, your unique vision as an artist, what triggers your creativity and how you choose to arrange it in the frame. Sometimes the story and the elements come together progressively and if it resonates with your intent, respond quickly and press the shutter button.  

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Nature, the poetry of the earth

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Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy - your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself. Annie Leibovitz

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Cherish the journey more than the destination

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Extraordinary moments happen in an instant when traveling on the road, unexpected cinematic landscape begging to be captured, the accidental discoveries, be flexible and alert while exploring everything the road has to offer. Road trips are about the unexpected. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Port-Au-Prince, 7:28 pm

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The sun takes on shades of orange right before sunset, the tint that gives you the expectation that the sun will set to rise again.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Cleaning up Port-Au-Prince

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 photos © patrice dougé All rights reserved

 photos © patrice dougé All rights reserved

The third edition of the initiative "Nap balé" to clean up Port-Au-Prince, took off On Ave John Brown, Sunday, April 28, 2019. For the past three years, a neighborhood in Champ de Mars and Delmas benefitted from the project. Encouraging Haitians to develop their patriotic spirit,  is what the "nap balé' project set up three years ago by As-Lash, in partnership with the Mario Bregart and Saniclean foundation, aim to achieve. Several Haitian artists and public figure are guarantors of this project.

Monday, April 29, 2019

More protest to demand final audit report


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photo © patrice dougé All rights reserved

photo © patrice dougé All rights reserved

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in front of the Superior Court of Accounts to demand the final audit report on the use of PetroCaribe funds. The protesters voiced slogans hostile to those accused of misusing those funds and demanding their arrest. Burning tires were noticeable and the police at some point use teargas.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Earth Day

Together, we can end pollution, fight climate change, reforest the planet, build sustainable communities, green our schools, educate, advocate and take action to protect Earth. photo © patrice dougé All rights reserved

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Trees are the earth's lifeblood and ancient cultures were wise to recognize this

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A man and his wife sit under a mapou tree while participating in a vodou celebration in Souvenance, Gonaives. Trees are the earth's lifeblood and ancient cultures were wise to recognize this. To this day, many indegenous cultures worship trees or one specific tree."These people will never be conquered again, they will be exploited, they will be downtrodden, they will be impoverished - but you can tell not a single Haitian walks around with his head down... They're more human than the people who enslaved them. They were better than their masters, able to live in another realm. There's no other more articulate response to oppression than that. And that's why Vodou is here - because Vodou is the soul of the Haitian people" Ira lowenthal 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Riviere Glace

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Extended rainfall causes the Riviere Glace (right before you reach Duchity) to overflow its bank and the resulting flooding devastates crops, temporarily cuts of access to the Grand'Anse and causes death as well.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

In the midst of corruption, inequality, the Poor demand Accountability

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Thousands took to the streets to protest  the embezzlement of billions from an oil assistance program sponsored by Venezuela and to demand a trial for officials involved in the alleged misuse. Schools have been closed since monday November 19th  as a precautionary measure, and embassies recommended people remain indoors.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Battle of Vertières Day in Haiti

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photo © patrice dougé All rights reserved
On the 215th anniversary of the battle of Vertiere, thousands of demonstrators in Port-Au-Prince and across the country took to the streets to demand accountability for the misuse of funds from an oil assistance program and the resignation of President Jovenel Moise.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Intimate portraits of Vodou celebration in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

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photos © patrice dougé All rights reserved

Fête Gede, or “Festival of the Dead,” is one of the most important celebrations in the Voudou religious calendar. On the 1st and second day of November, gédé celebrations take over The main cemetery in Port-Au-Prince, and elsewhere in Haiti. Voodoo practitioners come in droves to honor Baron Samedi and layout offerings such as candles, flowers, food, and rum mixed with hot pepper. It is a time when vodouizants celebrate the ancestral dead.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Haiti protests over politicians' misuse of Petrocaribe Funds

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators across Haiti took to the streets to protest the embezzlement of billions of Petro Caribe funds and to also demand the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

" The voice of the sea speaks to the soul " Kate Chopin

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The peace and quiet grow on you when you're out by the sea. Out of all our travels throughout Haiti, assignments which took us to coastal towns turned out to be the most beneficial in terms of creativity and  feeling completely more alert,  energized and completely unwind  days following the completion of our voyage.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

"One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade" Chinese proverb ~

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The future of Haiti lies in the hands of our children, our greatest strenght as a nation. As a country we have failed to give them the right opportunities, which is in abundance in other nations. The innovatory potential of the younger generation combine with their eagerness, strength and desire to contribute  can be of exceptional value  to the country. The best way to reinforce our future generations is through education, quality education which will make them become an active member of society and participate in the urgent changes and development that Haiti so desperately needs.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Another property conflict brings chaos to Thomassin 32

 Haitian National Police Officer grabs unidentify man while another policeman  keeps angry residents from further assaulting him . photo © patrice dougé All rights reserved

photo © patrice dougé All rights reserved
Officials of the Petion Ville Mayor's office, Representatives of the General Tax office (DGI), Secretary of State for public security, Mr. Léon Ronsard Saint Cyr, accompanied with armed police officers attempted to take possession of a property which house the Lycée National de Thomassin, where 1,300 underprivileged children attend school. Residents in Thomassin 32 took to the streets to protest and demand justice. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Twitter campaign highlights corruption in Haiti

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Hundreds of demonstrators participated in a sit-in in front of the high court of auditors in the Haitian Capital Friday, August 24, 2018, to protest the embezzlement of $3.8 billion of Petrocaribe funds. Patrice Dougé / Haitian Times

Monday, June 18, 2018

Open market - Beyond the commercial function, it’s a vast place of socialization

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Hardworking and willing to do whatever it takes to put food on the table for their children, vendors come to the marketplace  to not only sell essential products to customers but to also engage in a friendly, social atmosphere which is supported among vendors. Solidarity and creating an important source of help seem to be more important than competition.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Reliving the full array of emotions from memories long forgotten. Jérémie, 2012


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photo © patrice dougé All rights reserved

The exceptional possibility of photography to interpret unprocess mundane encounters of our short-lived experiences. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Arcahaie, Haiti - charcoal vendors struggling to make a living ~


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Ignoring the plight of the poor - hundreds of thousands of Haiti residents still live in inadequate sub-standard informal housing. The government's inability to bring urgently needed relief, the plundering of state coffers, the lack of planning, the incapacity to find finance/capital to jump start the nation's economy is looking growingly hopeless— It has been reported because of Haiti’s worsening economic situation, over 125,000 young people  left for Chile out of desparation  in search of work over the past 18 months.

Monday, May 14, 2018