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Port-au-Prince, Haiti Slideshow





Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1981 - Images by Brian Cleary

It’s been more than 30 years since my one and only trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In recent years, the area’s earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding have moved me to get my old photos out and revisit them.

I remember Haiti as a country of hard-working people who seemed to do what they had to do to scrape by. Decades of exploitation by their own government had turned them into a hardened people who seemed to live their lives in a stoic fashion with very little outward joy or excitement.

My memories of Haiti include the fascination that I had for its history and I enjoyed the opportunity I had to travel to some of the isalnd’s historic ruins and photograph them.

As each new wave of tragedy rolls across this country, I think back to my brief stay there and wonder what the future holds for her and places like her.

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.