Journal: Frame Of Mind Haiti - February 2012

In February 2012, I had traveled to Haiti with the now defunct non-profit, Frame of Mind, to observe and participate in one of their youth photo education projects as part of my research for my Master's project on how participatory photography programs could be used to engage young people with nature. Frame of Mind had already traveled to Haiti once before and was returning to the country to work with a group of 12-19 year old Haitians from the city of Jacmel. The plan was to bring these students to one of Haiti's national parks to continue the story of Haitians and the environment, told through the words and photos of the kids.

Our multi-national project team consisted of Frame of Mind co-founder Deanna del Vecchio, from Canada, Scottish photographer Robin Moore, American documentary filmmaker Jenny Nichols, Jamaican Panos Carribean regional director Indi Mclymont-Lafayette, and native Haitians, college students Daphnee Charles and Anderson Jean, and our driver Wildor, many of whom are featured in my photos.

This trip was my first to a developing country, and it was like no other I had experienced before. I feel like I spent most of it just absorbing the world around me, trying to learn about the culture and the challenges of living on an island that lacked so much of what I took for granted on a daily basis. The language barrier prevented me from getting as involved with teaching students as I would have liked, but it was overall a rich and eye-opening experience.

Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark II and Canon lenses 17-40mm f/4L IS USM, 70-200mm f/4L IS USM.

You can see Jenny Nichol's short film from our trip here.