A Story of Life and Culture in LaVallée de Jacmel, Haiti

I have not been to LaVallée in more than a year but I feel as though you are all here with me now. I just gave a lecture on Tuesday March 24th, titled: A Story of Life and Culture in the County of LaVallée de Jacmel, Haiti. It was well attended I think for Key West, I was nervous but it was a good story and good stories are always about love and respect. My lecture was about how I see Haiti and her people—the people who fought so hard to be who they are, strong and proud, resilient, and beautiful.
As I prepared for this special event and edited through the many images I’ve made over the years in Haiti I see the faces and places that I know so well and love so dearly and it reminds me of why without question, I return to Haiti time after time. I thank all of my Haitian friends for letting me be part of your lives. Merci Beaucoup!
I am adding a few of the images that I used in my lecture and I do hope to see all of you in June!

Birth

Birth

Death

Funeral of an elder

The Offering

             The Offering

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About Jeane La Rance

My brother gave me my first camera when I was nine or ten years of age, he bought it in Europe. I don't remember much about the camera itself it was the pictures I couldn't get enough of, and that still holds true. My life is all about photography. In the beginning it was black and white film. I loved being in the darkroom nothing could compare to it and even though I swore I'd never go digital, I rarely shoot film anymore. I went to the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM for my Bachelors Degree. There I studied Documentary Photography, Cinematography and Post Production Editing. Later I attended Savannah College of Art and Design for a Masters Degree in the same fields of study, Photography and Moving Images.
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