Friday, December 15, 2017

Self Assignment : Open market

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There's always room for improvement. Expanding one's vision, skills and abilities are what we creatives shoud be striving for since becoming a better photographer is a never ending process. It's important to try out different  self assignments, I personlly like to challenge myself with the hard ones like shooting photos in an open market down in Haiti. It's a cultural thing, people on the streets do not like to be photographed by strangers. I mostly shoot without permission and without my subject's knowledge. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Revisiting the Same Photography Location Again and Again

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"It’s good to keep moving forward and trying new things all the time. There are times when going back to an old photography location can be a great idea. Simon Bond" My first visit to kenscoff dates back to 1973, when a cousin took me to the mountains to attend a yearly summer hang out at L'Auberge —thus my obsession began. I have been photographing kenscoff on and off for over 15 years, lived there 3 times and I still haven't lost interest in making new images.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The environment in Kenscoff, Haiti

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Having a show about the environment in Kenscoff would have missed something without visiting and including the photographs above I captured a few days ago at the Wynn Farm Nature Reserve. situated in the mountains of Kenscoff, Haiti at an altitude of 6000 ft, on 30 acres of land. When it was created by Victor A. Wynne, it was known as the Wynne Farm and the goal was to teach soil management through conservation methods. Today, in order to preserve this much needed green area, it is known as the Wynne Farm Nature Reserve.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Collaborating with Veronique, a writer from Montreal

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3 days of rain up in Thomassin Haiti and temperature drop - lower 60's is considered kind of chilly on the Island. Very nice color saturation on miserable rainy days, was out there getting wet for just one frame - a photo that shows Thomassin, which the writer I am collaborating with mentioned several times in her first impression notes. Veronique who is a well-known writer in Montreal is spending 2 months in Haiti and she's going home with two novels. In one of them, made up of her personal notes, I will attempt to illustrate her thoughts, she's going to allow me to be inside her head for just a little bit and basically find the right images to match her impressions and what she was feeling when she wrote down her words. (to be published in a book)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Môle Saint-Nicolas , Haiti

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Opening the door to welcome the day at Môle Saint-Nicolas plunges you into a beautiful light and as the wind blows constantly, you learn to breathe differently, in other words better. The Môle has always been isolated without being totally abandoned. Looking at the city closely, it's obvious that it was  slowly built and the possibilities of novelties are welcome and tremendous. Jean Euphele Milcé

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Anse Rouge, Haiti

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On the way back from our adventurous trip to Môle Saint-Nicolas, we made a stop in Anse Rouge to pick up our driver whom we left behind with our disabled vehicle. He quickly noticed the pickup truck we got on back in Môle Saint-Nicolas right front tire lug nuts were completely loose and the tire would have come off if we didn't stop. An hour later, because of some additional minor repairs, we hit the road once more heading to Gonaives where we spent the night.

Monday, April 3, 2017

On the way to Môle Saint-Nicolas, Haiti

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This photo was taken from the SUV window while it was being towed. We were about 15mns away from Anse Rouge, in the l'Artibonite and the sun was going down. It took us about 14 hrs to get to Môle Saint-Nicolas because of car trouble we were having since the beginning of our trip, and the engine finally gave out in the middle of nowhere. We were rescued by a frequent traveler to Haiti who happens to know our writer JEM - Since he was on his way to Môle Saint-Nicolas, he gave us a ride and we reached our destination at 10:30 pm.

Monday, February 20, 2017

New York’s Chinatown is the second oldest Chinatown in the United States, San Francisco being the first –

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The original enclave in Manhattan in no longer the largest Chinatown in the City. The exodus from Chinatown is happening partly because the working class is getting priced out of this traditional community.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Vox Sambou, key figure on the progressive front of the Rap Kreyòl movement

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It's been a couple of months the last time I photographed the taping of this show which has resumed. Vox Sambou, The Montreal-based MC, who has been called "the eternal voice of Haiti" performing at Boycott in Kenscoff, Haiti

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Le tamarin à toutes les sauces

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Paulna Etienne, recipient of the 2004 small business entrepreneur award, symbolically named her trade Himalaya, which is a place of production and point of sale of a range of products based on tamarind. Tamarind juice, tamarind liqueur, tamarind cream, tamarind wine and the very pompous 100 years, a decoction based on tamarind, suppose to prevent a number of diseases including prostate cancer. Jean Euphele Milcé

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Les Trois Tables Restaurant

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In Thomassin 25, towards Nan Bwa Pen, Walter, a Swiss cook based inHaiti for several decades, welcomed us in his restaurant which doesn't have a sign, as if he didn't need one to exist. Les Trois tables, an excellent combination in a flowery terrace and a brightly colored bistro hall perfectly decorated to make it  very intimate. With just over three tables, six to be exact, being welcomed is easy and family friendly. Jean Euphle Milcé

Thursday, January 19, 2017

L’Observatoire de Boutilliers

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It was cool when we arrived in the late afternoon. Strategically , we chose to forget the programmed walk, in favor of the aperitif. We stayed on the upper terrace, sparse at this hour since the place gets crowded at nightfall. To our delight, the restaurant owner, Marie Claude Gabriel came to keep us company, pretext to offer us a welcoming coffee. Jean Euphele Milcé

Monday, December 12, 2016

24 hours in Gonaives

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Most of the writing orientation participants were still waiting by the time we reached College Elim of Gonaives. We left Thomassin at about 6:45am, an hour and a half behind schedule and because it was Saturday morning there wasn't the usual traffic heading down to Petion Ville.  We usually have (home made) breakfast,  courtesy of my very good friend JE Milcé who is an excellent chef and Gouter Aux Voyages writer—Once you leave Port-Au-Prince and get on the Rte National heading North, there isn't any place on the road to grab something to eat. By the time we reached Cote Des Arcadins we were all starving but fortunately, we weren't too far from St Marc where we made a stop at a very good friend restaurant and about an hour later we got back on the road heading toward Gonaives.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Yanvalou Restaurant

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"A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy" Juan Montoya - 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Jean Sambour new restaurant - Le Vert d’Or

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Following his basic studies in Ecuador, he enrolled at the well- known institute of graduate studies at Glion, which since 1962, offers two campuses in French speaking Switzerland - including the site of the former Bellevue Hotel - and in London a hotel management program at a university level. After a professional getaway in Mexico on behalf of a big hotel, Mr Sambour packed his bags and started to plan his return. Not in Ecuador, but in Haiti, his father's birthplace. His late father who carries the same name as Jean Sambour is well known in Haiti and particularly in Petion Ville and Kenscoff, as a brilliant architect, and above all, as the owner of the now former Infinite restaurant, a very trendy bar, a place which held special events in the fog, in the mountains of kenscoff. - jean Euphele Milcé

Friday, October 28, 2016

Bananier, secluded beach, accessible by sea


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It was past noon when the captain, glad for the first sunbeams of the day, came to help us put on our life jackets. We faced very soft waves for a quarter of an hour before setting foot on land and discover paradise as presented in movies and in the most eye-catching books. Bananier, a secluded beach accessible by sea, is  an extravagance of fine sand placed in a lush vegetation. There's a village around and children go to school by boat and they haven't learned how to eat trees. They told us a bunch of stories about the mistresses of the water, and they also said they are protected from everything except from hunger and storms. Jean Euphele Milcé - Complete article in french can be read Here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Haiti, land of ... I'll leave it blank -

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We got a flat tire on the way back from Sceau D'eau and now come to think of it, the delay on our trip back coincided with a wonderful moment that was about to unfold. The rain had just started to tapper off when we began to drive up a steep road on one of the Rte National heading back to Port-Au-Prince. Some guy riding on a motorcycle in the opposite direction shouted at us "kaoutchou nou plat" you guys got a flat tire - so we pulled over on the side of the road, got out of the SUV and the right tire in the back was completely flat. I also noticed we were parked facing a beautiful mountain, night was falling, the clouds were rolling by and the sun was slowly sinking below the mountain - I was witnessing an evening of splendor that was mine to immortalize.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

La consolation de Puits-Blain

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Every September the gastronomy festival < Goût  et Saveurs lakay > taste and local flavor - is becoming a key event for food lovers. For one week the tables are set and well arranged in several venues in Petion Ville, well known for the quality and diversity of its restaurants. Jean Euphele Milcé - Complete article in french can be read Here. To read past stories click on Gouter Aux Voyages Facebook page

Friday, August 26, 2016

The other Jacmel - Gouter Aux Voyages

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"Looks like everything is beautiful in Jacmel, on a Sunday morning, the sound of Chinese motorcycle wound closed, breaking the sudden intensity of customary agitation days of bésé levé, faithful indicators of small hassle and small joys of daily life" Jean Euphele Milcé - Complete article can be read here