As a Photographer, I have choices to make when I edit through the photographs that fill my hard-drive – these choices are not easy. I have asked myself over and over what it is that I want people to see in my work six months after the quakes in Haiti. The answer is always the same – to show the people of Haiti with the respect they deserve. As with most tragedy, we seem to want to see the pain and suffering that comes with it so we can see and experience the power of Mother Nature without having to go through it ourselves. Photojournalists and Journalists are on the ground immediately – sometimes when disaster is taking place – to give us what we need in real time and let us experience the devastation as if we are there. Magazine racks are filled with images of the earthquakes – people crying and dying – pain and misery – hungry people standing in food lines, orphans everywhere.
The entire world now knows what the Haitian people have experienced. No part of the country was untouched by the quakes. Families now live in tents or makeshift houses. Tents now serve as classrooms for the children– but they still laugh – they still love – they still play soccer. Can we look beyond all of the misery and see the hope, the resilience and strength these beautiful people possess?