art & vibrancy in Haiti

Bleak Landscapes and Grim Living Conditions meet your arch nemesi:
Vibrant Color, Laughter and Creativity.
This photo essay follows a group of American artists through the slums of Port au Prince and into schools, hospitals and orphanages. In their war against despair the best weapon of choice is intentional whimsy and purposeful joy.

Project HOPE Art is comprised of a colorful cast of characters that appeal to my inner child. I choose to photograph this organization’s journey into the Third World because I love their efforts, compassion and artful endeavors. They sing. They dance. They laugh. They create beauty from trash. They insert hope into the eyes of the children. And I have done my best to visually capture this particular brand of magic. In my travels throughout Haiti it is art, dance and the act of creating that is consistently proven to be the last stronghold from despair.

Inspiring them to not give up or give in. But to laugh and appreciate what is and to make it through another day. Connecting with the children of Haiti, the next generation of leaders, has forever changed how I approach obstacles in my own life. Resilience is the name of the game and gratitude is the finish line. I am now grateful for every mouthful of food. For every blanket on my soft bed. For every mile I drive in my own car. For every chance I have to tell someone I love them.

I am grateful for every opportunity I am afforded to chase my dreams.

 

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