photographs

Haiti: the third heaven

Oil vendor’s stall

Oil vendor, street side. Saut Mathurin, Haiti. March, 2007. Bottles of repackaged cooking oil, on a chair by the roadside. This amounted to a stall, open from before sunrise to after sunset, that rendered a small supplementary income. Battered bottles ...

Vodoun Tree

Vodoun Tree. Chicken. Saut Mathurin, Haiti. March, 2008 Another early morning ramble, but a year later, back to Madame Denise’s house. The sun , not quite above the hillside but the clouds and sky flaming orange and mauve. Madame Denise knew it was ...

Kenson

Kenson. Saut Mathurin, Haiti. 3:09 PM. March 19, 2007 Kenson attended school. His parents, Willio and Edline were my hosts. Both had relatively steady incomes through ORE, being trained agronomists. Both were pivotal members of this very rural community ...

Manuelita Perrin

Manuelita. Saut Mathurin, Haiti. 10:09 AM, March 19, 2007 Manuelita, along with her siblings Samuel, Minoosh and Malli, lived next door to my host family and their cousin, Kenson (see the next post). They followed me everywhere, and were fascinated by the ...

Manuelita Perrin and Banana Trees

Manuelita Perrin. Banana Trees. Saut Mathurin, Haiti. March 19, 2007 Walking and talking with families, many of whom were farmers and associated with ORE, a frequent topic was education. By some estimates, over 90% of schools in Haiti are privately run. ...

Denise Remi at Dawn

Madame Denise Remi, before Sunrise, Saut Mathurin, Haiti. March 19, 2007. Saut Mathurin is a village (more like a hamlet really) in the hilly country just East of a slim tract of all that remains of Haiti’s once-plush tropical forest cover (Pic ...

Mango and Boulder

Mango tree and boulder, Camp Perrin, Haiti. March 16, 2007 My first visit to Haiti with students: a documentary photography class, a human health and environment class, my colleague Professor Deborah McGrath, and University Outreach Coordinator Dixon ...

Speakers

Fête. St. Esprit, near Camp Perrin, Haiti 2006 A small church, and its large and energized congregation, gathered for a fête to celebrate the installation of a new potable water tank. Teams of children had been rehearsing dances, there was an egotistical ...

Graffiti

Graffiti. Les Cayes, Haiti. January 6, 2006 Friday afternoon. The streets in Les Cayes were buzzing with talk of the upcoming general election. It had been delayed four times and was finally underway, with the election date set for early February. Les ...

Charcoal Sellers

Charcoal Sellers. Les Cayes, Haiti, 2006 January 5, 2006. My first morning in Haiti. I had arrived via Port Au Prince, and then another plane-hop across the mountains to this bustling market town on the coast. Everything I had heard about deforestation ...