Thursday, July 28, 2011
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Friday, March 4, 2011
What do I mean when I say moving forward while looking back? Well moving forward is obvious - a lot of work needs to be done to put the pieces back together there and it's going to take a lot of effort from a lot of people. First the earthquake, then cholera, brought in by people that were trying to help and now the political system in disarray (again). We have to remember that the brunt of this responsibility lies with the Haitian people themselves, supported, encouraged and funded when necessary by people in a better place. The idea that "we", the "developed" nations are going to "pull these poor people out of their misery" and "save" them belongs in another century and was founded out of a combination of missionary values and colonial guilt. But whoever does it, however it's done, it's clear that there's a lot of work ahead. Not only do buildings need to be rebuilt, hope does as well.
How about looking back? Do I mean, as some have suggested, that we should go back to an era of Duvalier where everyone was working out of fear? Or the time of Aristide when there was great hope but little progress? No I don't think either of those things and it frustrates and infuriates me when I hear them mentioned. Don't look back that far, just look back a little bit - to around the time of my second trip to Haiti in 2008 till the earthquake hit in 2010.
This was a time of great progress and hope, a time that enjoyed the greatest level of stability Haiti had seen in as long as anyone could remember. People were working, hospitals were growing, schools were popping up left and right - and the level of education at them was increasing. Preval was a popular leader at the time and there was a feeling both among the Haitian people and the foreigners working there that things were finally turning around. It was exciting, and was the reason for my focus on the pride of people in Haiti.
Since the earthquake it seems most have forgotten that such a time even existed in Haiti. The attitude has shifted back to this poor country that has never had a chance. This is the time I think we should be looking back to. Rebuild first back to that point because it was the right idea, then move forward from there.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
On February 05, 2010 I had the honor of being invited by my friend, client and colleague Mike Jean to photograph the Hope for Haiti fundraiser at Amnesia in NYC. All funds raised that night went to the Red Cross towards their efforts helping earthquake victims in Haiti. It was hosted by Mike Jean, Ally Hilfiger and Valerio St. Louis and featured musical performances by Jennifer Logue, Sean Murphy, Michael Fredo, Karen Anderson, Ashte, Carimi, Shoubou From Tabou Combo, Andy Hilfiger and more.
Here are some highlights from the event:
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
It saddens me that after a period of stability and rebuilding so much has been destroyed. It saddens me that everything seems to be against them - not just politically but naturally as well. All I can do is hope that the death toll isn't too high, that rebuilding is swift and that I find a way to go there and help.
If you would like to help me get down there, you can either buy a print at sandermartijn.etsy.com or donate directly via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. More importantly than financials I am looking for a way to fly down there which will require connections with a news organization that I can photograph for or an Aid organization or Government organization I can work with. I am willing to do anything and speak some Creole and some French and am not only a photographer but a tech guy, so there are many options. If you have any information that can help, please let me know as soon as possible.
All that said, the local news channel did a piece on me tonight. You can watch it here:
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Many of the photos are from my past 2 trips to Haiti with a few art pieces as well from other projects. Archival signed prints (unframed) go for as little as $10 and nothing is above $60 (gallery framing). Please consider this as a christmas present for loved ones, and send it on to anyone you know that might be interested.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
"A week in the life of - Haiti Cherie" is a project of photographs and essays published about Haiti. Photographers from around the world will volunteer to document the various aspects of haitian life for a specific "one week" period capturing often-missed beauty and splendor of Haiti and squalor.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009