It’s taken me two years to select and edit the photos in this post. I guess I felt (actually, I still do) that they are not a good representation on the impression Haiti left on me. But, perhaps, I should simply talk about these photos as well as my impression of Haiti.
I was fortunate to take this trip, thanks to my friend, Allen Reesor of the Metrix Research Group. Here’s a blurb on what they’re all about from their website…
The Metrix Research Group, a non-profit research corporation, is dedicated to assisting international organizations, groups, and agencies incorporate high quality research into their operation to improve efficacy, better organize and leverage technology, build capacity, and increase market share by employing a modular step-by-step process of research and analysis that will best serve the needs and budget of each client.
Allen was traveling to Haiti and I asked if I could accompany him; making my trip a true photojournalistic endeavor and capturing his work there. I also wanted to see, first hand, the devastation left by the earthquake a year before. Well, it turned the tragedy I was expecting, seemed to be non-existant. It was “business as usual” and it was unlike what the media in the US portrayed. So my focus switched to my surroundings rather than what Allen was there for. I guess it turned out fine since he *did* tell me that there wouldn’t be much to document anyway. I actually spent most of my time in a vehicle traveling from place to place. I was able to do some walking about in Gonaives where I was able to interact with the people there. Well, more specifically, they interacted with me.
Among the rubble caused by the earthquake, I found beauty in the land. Perhaps it was just me, but I felt a sense of calm where I should have felt chaos; not even a bit of confusion. I guess it’s the minimalist in me. I tend to gravitate towards “simple”.
My trip was quite short; only four days, but worth it, nonetheless. Perhaps when I go back, I can take more “meaningful” pictures.