In November of 2010, I made my first trip to Haiti. Fast forward to January 2014, and I would be heading back to the country that stole my heart for the third time.
Haiti, and more specifically, a special girl in Haiti, are the reason why I can do what I do today. I won’t go into great detail, but you can read the story and watch the video here: The Girl That Changed My Life.
A few days ago, I returned from spending 16 days in this amazing country. I went with a group out of Hamilton that builds schools and was there to capture various forms of media for them.
Photography in Haiti always presents a challenge for me. I’m not really much of a natural light shooter and finding power down there sometimes presents an even bigger challenge. There’s no time to set up any shots so you have to take more of a documentary/photojournalistic approach when photographing. It’s not really my thing but I do love to be challenged.
Below are some of my favorite images I captured from the trip.
The woman below was so excited to show off her house. She asked if I would take her picture in front of it. Beautiful lady and so grateful for everything she had.
Below is a jail that we visited. Apparently 60% of the prisoners are innocent, but don’t have the money to get out. When you are put in jail, the only way to get out, is to get a court date and the only way to get a court date, is to have money for a lawyer. Some people will stay in jail for months until the family can raise enough money for them to get a court appearance. The cells are about 15ft x 20ft and have about 40 people in them. So crowded. So hot. Just wrong.
Below is an inmate getting a haircut. Notice the razorblade in his right hand that they use for a cut.
Grandmother, Mother, and newborn daughter. They have never had their picture taken as a family before. They were beyond excited. Sending off a framed print of this to them.
The pictures are fantastic Jay. I can’t wait to see people’s responses and how they will be used to promote JHH school construction. You said this type of photography is not what you like best or your thing but you should certainly add it to your accomplishments. They are all amazing!
How I can help the same you?? I love what do you do. Blessing to you.
Jay, these are extraordinarily beautiful. You truly have an artist’s vision and a wonderful talent. I can try and explain Haiti to people, but it’s so very difficult to imagine. These photos represent everything that is enthralling and yet sad about Haiti. Thank-you.
So glad you were on the trip with us,