From 2003 to 2006, I traveled to Haiti numerous times and I visited different regions from Jacmel in the south to the Citadel in the north. I spent the majority of my time in the central part of the country, the Artibonite Valley, and I stayed at the Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles. While I photographed daily activities at the hospital, I also pursued my interest in documenting people and places in the region, particularly when I saw expressions of Haitian art and culture. My impression of Haiti is that art was everywhere- in the colors and designs on houses, in the syncretic religion of Vodou- it’s sequined flags, sculptural assemblages on altars inside huts (honfours) and on the outside walls. When looking carefully, one could see expressive paintings honoring saints and “lwas” on the exteriors of the honfours. My time in Haiti enriched me in many ways- learning about the lives of Larrimer and Gwen Mellon, reading Herbert Gold’s Haiti: Best Nightmare on Earth, and Frederick Douglass’s powerful speech about Haiti that he delivered at the World Fair in Chicago in 1893.