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.