Marie Olen, at dawn, outside Charts Building, Zanmi Lasante, Can

Marie Olen, at dawn, outside Charts Building, Zanmi Lasante, Cange, Haiti. May, 2015.

From the song by Pedro Louis Ferrer, Ay Mariposa:

sé que en el mundo hay dolor,
pero no es dolor el mundo.

The song is in the sound track of an exquisite and poignant film by Julian Schnabel, “Before Night Falls“.

Love is at the center, it connects consciousness to survival, and so often, we are most unkind when others are forbidden to do what is most human – to love. I have had the great honor of being allowed to love all of the people through these past few portraits, to love as an act of communing and sharing a gaze, as being allowed in, even for a few moments. Yet, even gazes are prohibited most times.

There is pain in the world,
but the world is not painful.