In October 2013, I traveled to Haiti for the first time with a medical relief team and brought a camera to document the experience. We traveled to a chosen church or village, set up a mobile unit and pharmacy, and saw as many patients as we could. When the line stalled, I would photograph.
In January 2018, NOVA Hope for Haiti discovered these images. NOVA is a collective group of medical and non-medical professionals who operate from a year-round community clinic in the small town of Cavaillon. The organization dispatches a team of volunteer, US-based medical specialists to provide care in mass every six to twelve months. Besides making images of the patient transformations, I began a personal collection of photographs of the life and people of southwest Haiti.
I've seen many facets of the country, all very different from one another. The urban landscapes of Port-au-Prince showcase the lively, vibrant life of Haitian culture. The portraits from the rural countryside represent a certain pride, innocence, and joy. Together, they illustrate a hopeful perspective of a country in constant recovery.
The following images are from the ongoing series.