Haiti Revisited

Haiti Revisited

There is a spirit and spirituality in Haiti like nowhere else. Haitians are resolute and tenacious and,
in time, will move beyond the horrendous hardships they are currently facing. Haiti changes you.
Below the flow of everyday life is a rhythm that knows how to celebrate being alive. A rhythm that gives memories to all of the senses.

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For me it is the sights. Haitians have a vibrancy for life that shows in the bold, tropical colors they surround themselves with.
No matter how humble their abode, it will be brightly painted and often the clothes they wear or the utensils they use in their daily lives are just as bright and cheerful.

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Haiti Images

“It is the destiny of the people of Haiti to suffer.”

Jean Claude Duvalier

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“Civil and political rights are critical, but not often the real problem for the destitute sick.
My patients in Haiti can now vote but they can’t get medical care or clean water.”

Paul Farmer

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Creole, the spoken language of most Haitians, is rich and colorful as well.
Creole based largely on 18th-century French and some West African languages, and is influenced by several other languages.
In school, all kids learn both Creole and French.
Here is a sampling of Haitian proverbs and prayers translated from Creole.

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“A woman is like mahogany: the older she is, the better she is.”

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How glad we are
that we don’t hold you,
but that you hold us.”

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“Our problems are like a donkey.
Will we mount them or will they mount us?”

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Everyone is either whole corn
or corn with weevil holes.

Make me whole corn.”

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Hang your knapsack where you can reach it.”

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“Oh Lord,
Make you and me like coffee with milk

Mixed together we can never be separated.”

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“To speak French doesn’t mean you are smart.”

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“Help us not to talk too much because talking too much
is like driving too fast.”

“Sometimes the brakes are not good and we passed
the place we intended to stop.”

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Haiti Images

“Beyond mountains, there are more mountains.”

For more Haiti images click here.

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. Greta post Ron. Love the images and messages.

    1. Thanks Randy. We are off to Havana in a few days. Are you back in Colorado now?

    1. Thank you Vincent and thanks for visiting.

  2. Wonderful images, Ron. Thank you for sharing them. 🙂

  3. I think your photos capture the people’s perseverence and resilience. You captured such joy and mischief in the first photo with the laughing children and there was something about the girl’s red ribbons (in the photo of the girl with the red knapsack) that moved me. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for you kind comment. As I mentioned in the post the people of Haiti have a spirit I have seen no where else.

  4. Hi I´m Lisa´s friend Oh wow!!! the spirit of haiti I’m impressed, great pictures. I always have interested to visit place and see how are the people? is good to know I can see what I want thanks to your pictures!!!

    1. Hi Silvana, it is nice to meet you! I enjoyed my brief visit to your blog and hope to spend more time there soon. We talk about returning to Ecuador sometime soon.

      1. that would be great!!!! I liked a lot your post about Ecuadorian faces!!! Ecuador is always welcome for you! 🙂

  5. Ron, this is an absolutely beautiful post. It says so much, in pictures, words and shared proverbs, and touches me. Thankyou! 🙂

    1. Gigi, you bowl me over with your kind comments. Thank you. It was great reminiscing as I cobbled the post together.

  6. Did I tell you how much I loved these Ron? Those great blocks of vivid/lurid colour and the people going about their business … all so evocative of place and a way of living. Having said that, funnily the shot I seem to come back to most often is the last one – the attic – but rust is lurid, surely? 🙂

    1. Lurid, that is Haiti for sure, in the kindest possible sense of the word. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Surely things are hectic for you about now.

  7. Wonderful post Ron – you really brought it to life. Loved the colors but the sepia is just as powerful, maybe more. Nicely done.

    1. Thank you, as always Tina. Yes I think the beautiful skin tones of the Haitians just compliments the vivid colors they choose to surround themselves with.

  8. what a beautiful post! thank you for the immersion in color, light, shadow, textures and the soul of the country. z

    1. Hi Lisa. I thought of you while building this post – “Lisa is going to love all this color,” I thought. 🙂

      1. and you were SO right! if i ever miss one, please give me a nudge! i love all of your posts..

        thanks, also, for visiting silvana’s new blog. she’s so honored that you haave taken an interst in her posts!

  9. Beautiful thought-provoking images. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you for your kind words and thanks for visiting

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