and now comes the orphans.
between the two different orphanages print 4 change supports, there are almost 80 kids from the age of 10 months to 17 years with no parents, no siblings & no bedrooms of their own other than the ones they’ve found at the orphanages.
my job as the resident photographer on duty was to photograph each individual kid so we can showcase each one on P4C’s website. that way when you donate money at print4change.com (HINT! HINT!), you can see how your contribution helps the gorgeous faces your generous donation that you so graciously donated right at this very moment before returning to read the rest of this story. i’ll wait while you go get your credit card.
back? great. cause i loved my job. to spend time with each kid, trying to capture their spirit through my lens. some have super infectious sunny personalities prone to laughter & delight. others, a bit more serious that simply do not find me amusing. no matter how badly i humiliated myself to get a flash of a smile. and i tried. really hard.
it was here at the orphanages i graduated from being a racially ambiguous person in haiti to a fully blanc. that’s a white person. after being pointed at & declared a BLANC BLANC, i asked our interpreter if the kids know i’m not blanc, but rather mawol. that’s, you guessed it, brown. he said compared to the haitian kids, i was white. so i guess it’s all about perspective? then i looked at my team members & noticed the haitian sun tanned them darker than me. making me blancier than a blanc.
i’ve discovered all haitians love to see their images captures on the LCD screen of my camera. for people who have next to nothing, they certainly don’t have a mirror & therefore don’t know what their reflections look like. can you imagine taking a picture with your friends & staring at the 2 inch screen on a camera & only knowing which one you are in the crowd by process of elimination? for you’ll know which ones are your friends & which one is the stranger. i can’t imagine it for myself. but i have witnessed a haitian kid discover his own face. and that realization is full of pure innocent giggling glee.
haitian creole word of the day: souri is smile. & for the camera sky kids, i’d say show dal. show teeth. a phrase my father says to get people to laugh. which apparently works just as well in haiti as in america. thanks dad.