This post has been a real tough one for me to get together. These were work trips; the photos I managed to snag were an after-thought and hardly tell a cohesive story. In New York we were involved in a handful of construction projects to rebuild houses with extensive water-damage. These people were living in houses riddled with mold with little else to do other than wait for an insurance check. It was tough to see. In Haiti I was part of a 3 man group to help build/relocate an Orphanage. The city of Jacmel, a few hours south of Port-au-Prince, has only one small dirt runway. There are plans in motion to build a full-size international airport in it’s place in an attempt to boost tourism. (they have GORGEOUS beaches) Unfortunately this means that an orphanage that was constructed shortly after the earthquake in 2010, is being torn town to make room. The new orphanage we’re helping get up dwarfs the old one and should be ready for children at the end of this month.
I would’ve loved to shoot instant film on these trips but the burden of carrying around film was more than I was willing to take on. After all, the point of going was to help these people get their lives back. In the end I decided to process these as if they we’re shot on instant film. I used the VSCO 3 film presets with absolutely no adjustments and no modifications. One click.
It’d be a travesty to think that this post accurately represents this year. I promise that these photographs barely scratch the surface; I wish I could’ve done far more, far greater. To the couples that flew me around the world, you’ll never know what an honor it was to be invited to your weddings. Truly. I made stops in Chico, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Monroe OR, Portland OR, Seattle WA, Montana, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, New Zealand and in a few weeks I’ll be back in New York to document the disaster from Hurricane Sandy. I feel genuinely lucky to say I love what I do. If you’ve read this, thank you, I love you.
The following images are in no particular order.