Sunday, May 24, 2020

A Dull Saturday afternoon in Port Au Prince

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The intense necessity to create is an urge that comes and goes, sort of like an addiction as intense as a craving for intimacy. As I walked along Ave Christophe in Port au Prince, the soft, late afternoon sunlight set off an inward urgency to memorialized and carry forward the memory of this particularly dull afternoon.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Darkness, my new friend

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Lately, after the sun goes down in Port Au Prince, stillness and darkness slowly enwraps parts of the city because of a still in effect 8 pm curfew and severe electricity shortages. However, the twinkling of the stars in the night sky gradually lessen the chaos of the mind, which slowly fades away into the infinity. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

The colorful murals of Baussan

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Port Au Prince, The colorful murals of Baussan which is situated between Turgeau and Bois Verna is drained from its usually busy streets since emergency measures were taken by Haitian officials because of the coronavirus crisis. The eerie emptiness and quiet streets brought about an apocalyptic mood and gave rise to an array of emotional responses from estrangement, social alienation, and melancholy.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Unexpected

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We were already in Moron but about a quarter of a mile to reach the property to be surveyed. It wasn’t a trip (from Jérémie) to continue photo documenting the Grand’Anse which I was hired for. Because of the unpaved and dusty road we had to roll up the truck windows so I wasn’t paying much attention to my surroundings until we came to a full stop because of a deep drop off on the road. And there they were, a few children playing on a pipirit. I quickly shot a few frames before they became conscious they were being photographed.

Friday, March 6, 2020

It's still safe to travel throughout the Grand'Anse

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Grand’Anse, Haiti - Following last night warning to Americans by the U.S. State Department against traveling to Haiti, I made phone calls to different regions in the Grand’Anse and my friends reassured me it was totally safe to travel to any parts of the Grand’Anse and asked me when I was coming again. I consider the Grand’Anse home even though I wasn’t born there.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Haiti's Culture

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‘Haiti has a unique history for many reasons, a facet which contributes to its rich and dynamic culture compared to other Caribbean nations. The culture of Haiti has its roots in West Africa, and to this day many of its inhabitants feel more aligned to Africa than they do to the Caribbean or Americas.’ iexplore.com 

Monday, January 13, 2020

Haiti commemorates 10th anniversary of devastating earthquake

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

When the people rise ...

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Destiné, alias Jean Jacques Dessalines is a regular fixture at most major demonstrations, especially those who fall on historical dates. He can be seen dressed as the leader of the Haitian Revolution and often makes a dramatic appearance when mounted on his horse with the black and red banner floating followed by running and cheering kids, lending his support to already gathered demonstrators. 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

It's been eight weeks

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Political violence has significant adverse effects on all members of society, especially children. The current social upheaval in Haiti for the past eight weeks may affect children; even short-term exposure to political violence may have long-lasting effects on behavior ranging from academic failure to increased aggression.


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Uprising in Haiti against an oppressive system

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For the past 16 months, Haitians have taken to the streets in cities throughout Haiti demanding the resignation of Jovenel Moise, the prosecution of corrupt Government officials, and a complete rupture with an oppressive system associated with the predatory state in Haiti. The struggle for a more inclusive and humane society is on going.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Art initiative to remember those who have fallen

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Several artists of the collective KATAN (Kolektif Atis Angajé) organized an event in Port-Au-Prince, "Rél Tanbou", October 15, 2019, underneath a bridge, Viaduc de Delmas, which has been a gathering point since the uprising. The initiative included creating a couple of murals in honor of those who have been killed since the movement to overthrow Haiti's President Jovenel Moise began. The names of those who have passed will be added to one of the murals.

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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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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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.