Land Dumpings of Haiti
Land Dumpings of Haiti
Things were in tough in Haiti before the 2010 earthquake, but after that event, everything became exacerbated. Throughout the country of Haiti there really is only one formal landfill called Truitier in Port au Prince. Trash is typically dumped here and there throughout the country leaving an environmental mess. Before the earthquake there were around 200 people picking from the Truitier Landfill. After the earthquake, there are now over 2000 people. At Truitier, I met a young man who spoke perfect English to me at the landfill and he explained how he was in college studying technology. The earthquake destroyed his school and killed his family. Now he is alone and 3 years later is still sorting through garbage until he figures out a better way. I came across persons who were very aggressive towards me. They are used to photographers exploiting their country’s devastation from the earthquake. In this image, I was touring an excrement cleaning project when I saw burning trash in the distance. I advised my team that we are going to check it out. They warned me that the situation would be very dangerous. We found an old landfill that was abandoned for years and yet people were still scavenging through it. A man challenged me and started to sarcastically pose and through his hands at me. The energy became hostile. My team told me it was time to leave immediately. I turned to my team and told them to explain to this man that, “I promise to not exploit him in the way he is thinking I would. That this is for a larger, global environmental cause. Thank him for his time and hand him this, approximately $75. Only give it to him if he agrees to share it.” My team member did so as we quickly headed to the car.
Port au Prince, Haiti 2013
Project: “Love Haiti”
11x14” HD C-Print, Courtesy of Duggal Visual Solutions, NY, NY
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NOTE: The image taken on the wall is exactly what you are buying. However, the colors are not accurate due to the tungsten bulbs. Please refer to the second image and click on it to enlarge it so that you can see the exact colors and details of this print.
100% of this money will fund Right Path Projects. Right Path Projects records activity at dumpsites and assists the local communities in various ways. RightPathProjects.com
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