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Memorial for the carnival’s dead…

Today Saturday the 21st was a memorial for the many deaths that occurred on Monday at the carnival, when a electric cable struck a float…I don’t know the exact numbers of dead people, but there were much too many… there where thousands of people at the memorial as the city is still in deep shock…

It is Friday, and again I am out on the streets

It is Friday, and again I am out on the streets….I love the “action”, and noise in the streets with the vendors trying to sale their merchandises to every and any one that come across them, if by car, bus or just passing by…The streets are the heart of the city and it is beating fast (in color and B&W)…

The nights of Port au Prince

Just two shots of “the night in Port au prince”… although the streets are dark, but they are lit in spots by the food stalls…the contrasts between the dark night, and the lit spots with the sound of music coming from the clubs along the way, are forming the atmosphere and magic of the night in Port au Prince…

The streets and the people of Port au Prince

Today I went again to the streets of Port au Prince, and took few shots of the local people… I usually like to engage with the locals wherever I go, but in Haiti it is somewhat more difficult for me as I don’t speak French or Creole…on the other hand I find, that a smile is a great ice breaker…so I smile a lot (and I am sure that I look like an idiot many of times)…I am still trying to find my feet, so some of the images that I take are more out of instinct or enthusiasm than artistic thoughts….but in a day or two it will all come together (like always). I would like to manage to shoot more intimate images, maybe at people homes or family photographs…also it is important to learn about the place, as the history of Haiti which reflects on its culture is complicated and intriguing… All in all, I am happy about how things go, and I am sure that by the end of this trip (there will be more than one trip), I will be able to show “important” photographs. “Important photographs” for me are images of subjects that the viewer wouldn’t be exposed or know about otherwise…
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“preparations” for a Voodoo ceremony

It is 2:00am and I just returned from a “preparations” for a Voodoo ceremony (Will happen on Saturday)… The ceremony is an “Ash Wednesday” ceremony, which is used to exit the period of JAD/SINBI (December/January) and enter a new period of and a new energy ENTERIA. With the spirits of AIDAWEDO AND DANBALLAH. VéVé (the drawings on the floor) represent the spirits MINOKAN (all the spirits) and DANBALLAH…

Visiting the dead people of Port au Prince

I also went to see the “dead” people of Port au Prince today. As strange as it sounds, I always visit cemeteries of places that I am visiting. It tells me a lot about the local culture, and I find it somewhat peaceful and spiritual. It helps me to connect to the place…

2nd day in Haiti

On my 2nd day (or 1st day of actually walking around Port au Prince) I was looking for some orientation of the place, and feel of the people…It is a hot and humid day, and We were walking for about 4 hours and soaking up the atmosphere. People not always willing the be photographed, and one needs to charm them or pay few dollars…I did both… below is a some of the Haitian people that we came across…

First few hours in Haiti

I Just arrived Port au Prince (Haiti) this evening hoping to experience the last day of the local carnival, but a sad day was yesterday. During the carnival an electric cable hit a float and many people have been electrocuted and more died due to the resulted panic (they say about 50 people)…the last day turned in to a mourning march…I had only few hours on the street and took the below shots… With all the sadness I came to see that some of the poorest places has more “life” in them then some of the richest cities in the world…let’s see what the next 17 days will bring…
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