In the summer of 2000 I ventured to Haiti as an part of a humanitarian aid mission sponsored by the American Haitian Developpment Association - a small group locally based in New Orleans. We started our trip in Port-au-Prince and ventured to a small mountainous village - La Vallee, an area just up a ten mile dirt road from the costal city of Jacmel. Most of my studies have come from that village with a few examples from the mission's excusions around the big city capital. It was here that I met many villagers and made acquaintances who will become lifelong friendships.

It was first visit to Haiti and I wasn't sure what to expect. Much of what one hears about Haiti leave an impression of gloom, danger and poverty. As the plane descended toward Port-au-Prince, I was anticipating these things, but I was also hoping to find the beauty and dignity that seems to exist even in places of intense struggle. I wanted to find the other side of the story, the truths that we might never hear or see if we don't go looking for them ourselves. I found that there is more than the negative images which saturate our imagination and media. I photographed them as a reminder that Haiti is home to six million people who work and play and laugh and cry- just like we do. And, like us, they too struggle for good life and peace. The images tell their story: memories of the past, emotions of the present, dreams of the future. You can hear strength, courage, beauty, hope, and dignity. You can see Haiti.
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