A visual story of Life and Culture by the young photographers of LaVallée de Jacmel

Screen Shot 2018-04-06 at 5.46.33 PM copyhttp://www.blurb.com/b/8612658  this link will take you to the Publisher of the Book, you can get a short preview and you can purchase one or more of the Books.

Working on this book was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Picking and choosing trying to decide was difficult. I wanted to put all of their images in the book but it would have weighed a ton and cost a small fortune! While editing through the pictures, I was there in my heart in Ridoré with my students. I knew I was very fond of all those kids but I didn’t realize how very much I loved them until I had to begin editing through hundreds of images that they made. What a beautiful experience.

I remember their first assignment and how many images they brought to critique—a few of them had just a couple but the rest had way too many, we all laughed and I decided to keep it simple by giving them a number of picture to bring to class and it worked perfectly. I learned so much from them. It was so different teaching them and its hard to explain what it was really like. First of all some of them had never touched a camera before—its not like here where you can learn photography in high school. I think of the day I set up a still life for them not realizing they had no idea what I was talking about. But they tried and kept trying until they got it right. The images they brought to class were so beautiful and simple I cried I couldn’t help it. I think of the time I gave them their first family assignment. The day they came to critique, I downloaded their images on my laptop and when I saw them I had to laugh a lot to keep from crying. One of them asked me why I was laughing but another student said something to her in French and she didn’t ask again.

I can’t think of anything that I am more grateful for than teaching those kids photography, it was the greatest thing I’ve ever done!



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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