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Drive-by shooting Haiti… Pt1

Many times during my travels I’ve been torn between the extent of risk I am willing to take to make each trip fulfilling.

The risk starts from the very moment I choose to travel alone. And the added pressure is whether to carry my camera in public to practise another of my passions; photojournalism, or leave my equipment in the safety of a security box…

Depending on the country or city I’m in, a lot of the times I’ve had to make a conscious decision and choose the latter option to be on the safe side… Just one negative incident could tarnish my so-far positive travel experiences. And while in Haiti, the desperate conditions of the people doesn’t make this country an exception. The factors against me of being a foreigner unable to communicate in the language, in possession of  equipment that could make someone a quick buck, makes me an easy target.

The streets might be freshly laid since the 2010 earthquake, but they don’t offer a layer of security. The gunshots I hear at night are warning signals of a troubled society. The new constructions are a façade of the staggering mount of social issues that still haven’t been addressed. The country’s social problems have in a sense been swept under the ‘road’.

So with security playing an important role on my conscious, many times I’ve had to adapt and opt for another method of shooting people  (no weapons involved). I’m reminded of a phrase I heard coined by Ghanaian photographer Nana Kofi Acquah during the BlogCamp Ghana event in Accra earlier this year; “Drive-by shooting”!

Every corner of Port-au-Prince tells an interesting story. Many of which I saw with my eyes, and tried to capture through the lens of my camera. “Blink and you miss a shot” is literally what happened on many occasions. Be it in the passenger seat of Nepalese journalist Shanti Paudel’s dusty Toyota, or the comfort of the Carib Tours bus, this is a different take on “point and shoot”!

Here is a collection of photos I captured from the safety of a vehicle… Drive-by shooting Haiti (with my camera)! #photographyonthego

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Arriving on Carib Tours coach at the Dominican Republic border with Haiti; Jimani

Arriving on Carib Tours coach at the Dominican Republic border with Haiti; Jimani

Accompanying journalist Shanti Paudel on his errands, we notice a cluster of people at what was once a market. In the middle of the night, their stalls were dismantled and they are forced to now go else where. Some sellers demonstrate against this... And others carry on as if nothing happened.

Accompanying journalist Shanti Paudel on his errands, we notice a cluster of people at what was once the busy marce kokoye market. In the middle of the night, the government ordered for their stalls to be dismantled and they are forced to now go else where. Some sellers demonstrate against this… And others carry on as if nothing happened.

Passangers on local tap-taps from the market. -Drugs control police on Rue de Frere. The few times I've seen any police on the streets. Our car was stopped and searched. Of course nothing was found but it was a scary experience being so upclose to a policeman with a gun right next to me!

Passengers on local tap-taps from the market.
-Drugs control police on Rue de Frere. The rare occasion I’ve seen any police on the streets. Our car was stopped and searched. Of course nothing was found but it was a scary experience being so up-close to a policeman with a gun right next to me!

Scenes around Port-au-Prince. A family dressed in 'sunday best', colourfully painted tap-taps, evidence that life hasn't changed much for some people still living in camps

Scenes around Port-au-Prince. A family dressed in ‘sunday best’, colourfully painted tap-taps, evidence that life hasn’t changed much for some people still living in camps

petion-ville cemetary. Many of the dead bodies were dumped here. Now a tap-tap station, however I am told the government had plans to turn the land into apartments!

petion-ville cemetery. Many of the dead bodies from the earthquake were dumped here. Now a tap-tap station, however I am told the government had plans to turn the land into apartments!

Haitians wait outside the Brazil Embassy in Port-au-Prince... Everyday the are large numbers of Haitians queing in hope of a better life abroad

Haitians wait outside the Brazil Embassy in Port-au-Prince… Everyday the are large numbers of Haitians queuing in hope of a better life abroad

An old lady sells us tomatoes... Moto-taxis transport passanges- and various foods

An old lady sells us tomatoes… Moto-taxis transport Passangers- and various foods

A child stops playing as he notices me pointing my camera at him...

A child stops playing as he notices me pointing my camera at him…
-some ‘artistic’ shots as I try to keep my camera stable as we drive on a bumpy road

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Discussion

6 thoughts on “Drive-by shooting Haiti… Pt1

  1. This is a very interesting article, way to go Kai!!

    Posted by Mario702 | August 30, 2013, 5:29 am
  2. Great. Yeah. Heard it from Nana Kofi Aquah, he shot some two school kids, I could remember :-D. That photography breakout session was really great and fun.

    Posted by Enock Seth | September 8, 2013, 8:56 pm

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