Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jamaica or Haiti? Quiz - test your understanding and knowledge

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

thoughts by Sander-Martijn: Introducing Joel - best friend in Haiti and giver ...

thoughts by Sander-Martijn: Introducing Joel - best friend in Haiti and giver ...: "On my trip to Haiti in 2008 I became close friends with Joel. At the time he was 23 and doing odd and end jobs at Hopital Albert Schweitzer..."

thoughts by Sander-Martijn: A year and a half after the earthquake in Haiti......

thoughts by Sander-Martijn: A year and a half after the earthquake in Haiti......: " A year and a half after the earthquake in Haiti the tent cities are everywhere. The Cholera epidemic is worse than last year, and there is ..."

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Haiti - Moving forward while looking back

My mind has been on Haiti quite a bit lately.  I'm working on ideas for another trip there, figuring out a project I can do there with photography and some children, as well as creative ideas for funding that trip.  I'll keep the details to myself till they're a bit more solid, but I'll let it be the inspiration for today's piece.

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

Hope for Haiti fundraiser

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

Earthquake in Haiti

I want to say something others haven't yet, but I'm not sure I can, being that I am not there. I have heard little from my connections there since the phones are down. All I can do at the moment is work to find a way to get down there and help, and hope that happens soon enough to really make a difference.

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 or donate directly via paypal to 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

Presentation on Haiti

This is a presentation I made about Haiti and my last two trips as well as my goals for this one. If you want to support me, buy a print at

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Selling prints to fund next trip to Haiti

I set up an etsy page at where I am selling prints of my work to help fund my next trip to Haiti in December 2010 to take part in the project "A week in the life of Haiti Cherie" where 20 photographers from around the world will go to Haiti for one week to document the country in all it's splendor and beauty along with the unavoidable squalor.

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

Haiti information session and auction

On December 7th at 7pm I will be holding a presentation on Haiti at the United Methodist Church in Stroudsburg PA. It will begin with an informational presentation about Haiti and the work I am doing there, followed by an auction of some of the photographs taken during my last two trips to Haiti. All proceeds from the auction will go towards funding my trip in February to work on the book "A week in the life of Haiti Cherie. The final piece of the auction will be a private viewing of the work I do in February after my return with the buyer's choice of any one photo from that trip.

"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

Epson talks about my work in Haiti

Epson posted an article today on my work in Haiti, naturally focusing on how I used their printer to accomplish my work.