Two years have passed since our trip to Haiti in April 2010, but the images are as clear in our heads and hearts as they are in the photos you will see in “Haiti: Sun-dried and Illuminated.” Our cameras were made to bear witness to loss, catastrophe, and devastation on a scale that we had never experienced, yet somehow, the memories that surface are ones of resilience, hope, strength, and friendship. Despite the tragedy and the uncertainty that followed the quake, our crew was met with the warm and inviting spirit of the Haitian people, from Port au Prince all the way to the small town of Lascahobas, near the border of the Dominican Republic.
Whether it was the small schoolchildren who excitedly followed us on the sweltering morning walks to the hospital, the locals who offered to spend hours giving us tours of the town and being interviewed, or the patients at the hospital who waited for days just to receive the most basic healthcare, we were continually reminded that Haiti is a nation of people unwilling to succumb to self-pity or hopelessness.
We often think about the friends that we made, and the welcoming spirit of a small town whose people opened their arms to a group of strangers. They shared their homes and their food, their stories and their voices, and we hope that we were able to do justice to the Haitian people through this multimedia project.