This one has been two years in the making…
VisionWorkshops and our partners at National Geographic and Mercy Corps have been trying to make this Photo Camp happen since the devastation of the 2010 earthquake, and it finally came to fruition this year! Led by National Geographic staffers Susan Poulton and Katel LeDu, and photographers Lynn Johnson and Jon Brack, in a small country riveted with enormous challenges, Photo Camp Haiti was a touching success.
From February 16th – 20th, during Carnaval, 17 students of the 2000 earthquake-effected children of Haiti, learned about self-expression through photography. These students were participants in Mercy Corps’ 18-month Art Therapy project which supports photography, storytelling, and psychosocial rehabilitation. For part of the Photo Camp, the youth worked with National Geographic Emerging Explorer Sasha Kramer’s SOIL project, working to improve public health and sanitation in Haiti.
For the final show in Port au Prince, participants were asked to present two of their photos in the exhibition: one photo of something they want to change in Haiti and one photo of something they want to celebrate.
Photographer/Mentor Lynn Johnson said of the camp, “Everyone carries an image of Haiti as a blasted-out and depressing place. During this camp, the kids used photography to look without blinking at the difficulties of their country, and they addressed it and acknowledged it. They used the cameras and the community that we created as tools in their exploration.”