photographs

Saut Mathurin

Papaya

Madame Edline Pierre’s Papaya Tree. Saut Mathurin, Haiti. March, 2007 Wandering around on my host’s rooftop became a habit and I frequently spent time up there to reflect and process my experiences in Saut Mathurin. Somehow, the relative ...

Dawn and the view from my bedroom

Dawn. Peas. Saut Mathurin, Haiti. August, 2008 I grew up waking to windows like this – jalousie slats (or louvred crankout glass windows). Waking and wondering if the dawn sounds – pigeons, insects, cockerels – were actually the sound of the rising sun or ...

Mango Trunk

Mango Trunk. Posts. Saut Mathurin, Haiti. March, 2008 Trees that can provide cash and sustenance in the long-term often get cut down for cash in the short-term. Mangos for charcoal, or building material. Hasselblad 500C/M, 80mm Planar lens, Ilford HP5 ...

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 ...

Dog

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 ...

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 ...