Haiti and Dominican Republic Travels

It is hard to believe that I am preparing for an arrival in Havana, Cuba tomorrow morning. I'm assuming that when the plane touches down, it will all sink in. About a week ago I returned from Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  I spent two weeks working on two separate documentaries and a photography project.

In Haiti, I filmed a young aspiring Haitian photographer, Steven Baboun, in an attempt to bring light to some of the amazing work that he and his friends are creating. Steven Baboun and his friends have started a Humans of Haiti project in Port Au Prince, after being inspired by the blog Humans of New York. The courage and passion Steven has for Haiti is monumental. Steven spends most of his time taking photographs that tell the story of a Haiti renewed, removed from the common misconceptions and inaccurate representations of Haitian people. To learn more about Humans of Haiti, visit their Facebook page here. https://www.facebook.com/HumansOfHaiti1

The second film was a personal project of mine in collaboration with Rich to document the story of a rural community in Domincan Republic that has historically been a community of Haitians and Dominicans living in peace and cooperation. Though there is a lack of many resources in La Piedra, such as transportation, medical care and adequate education; an organization named Guanin Centro Cultural has started from the ground up to change the opportunities and resources in a community that once had very little. I have been working with Guanin for over three years now.

The last couple of weeks have been some of the most exciting moments of my life. As I prepare for the next adventure, I will always keep a special place in my heart for these two counties. As one of my Domincan friends told me "it is my other life". After realizing this was my fourth visit to the island, it hit me that he couldn't have put it better.

These images are some of the moments from the photo series I shot in the community of La Piedra.



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