Dog. Saut Mathurin, Haiti. 2007.

Dog. Saut Mathurin, Haiti. Sunrise, March 2007.

Along the arterial road/track of Saut Mathurin, this dog just kept following me. It was shy, but each time I stopped to talk, to take photographs, it would draw a bit closer. Dogs wander freely through the village, always scavenging, and always keeping a safe distance from most people. Finally, I crouched down and brought the lens close to its face. The dog just closed its eyes and froze for a moment. A momentary blindness, momentary hope and momentary respite.

This moment, and subsequent image, has haunted me for years. And, I believe it has shaped many photographs since then. I also think it led, in some way I have yet to understand, to the making of ‘Reflectance‘.

“Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.” William Faulkner from ‘Light in August’. (At that time, and on this trip, my students and now dear friends Amy Johnson and Angela Berry pointed these words out to me.)

Hasselblad 500C/M, 80mm Planar lens, Fuji P400 film