A couple years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti with Air Transat and attend a Dinner en Blanc event. While the dinner was the main focus of the trip, our schedule was filled with opportunities to see markets and museums and nightlife in Port-au-Prince, visit an artist colony and enjoy sun and sand and a local walking tour in Côte des Arcadins.
It was a press trip with a schedule that also allowed us to explore local culture.
The people of Haiti are beautiful and resilient and a thousand times more lovely than President Trump, who, frankly, probably doesn’t know how to find his own shitholes (Yes, plural) and therefore unqualified to use the word.
This is not a political post, except is kind of is.
Haiti has been hit, more than once, by Mother Nature’s fury and it is still doing its best to push forward. Recovery is slow, but it is not now, nor has it ever been, a shithole. It is a country filled with people who are doing whatever they can to move forward – and frankly, many of them do not have a choice. They cannot pick up and move somewhere else.
Photographing Haitians was challenging at first, many were afraid I would misrepresent them –as so many media did just after the hurricanes– or that they did not look ‘good enough‘ to be photographed; which made me want to photograph them even more.
There is beauty to be found on each and every face. Stories waiting to be shared. Soulful eyes and hearts filled with hopes and dreams.
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder than I choose to look for the beauty of the people around me. Will you join me?