National Geographic : 2015 Dec
104 ranged in age from 14 to their mid-30s, and they’d come from all parts of the country and from all backgrounds. Their mandate was so simple it verged on radical: To show the world Haiti as it is rarely seen—as they saw it. Not just a country of disasters, shocks, and aftershocks but also a place shot through with sunlight and glittering sea, a place stunned into focus by a child in an im- peccable school uniform, rollicked by music and the seemingly spontaneous eruption of dancers blowing on bamboo trumpets through the haze of a street party. A place of pride and possibility. “That’s good, because Haitians are tired of seeing stories in foreign papers about how help- less we are,” said Junior St. Vil, my translator and a travel consultant who has also embarked on a law degree. “There is so much beauty here, so much power.” St. Vil suggested I visit a Vodou priest, or houngan, in Arcahaie, a coastal town about 25 miles from Port-au-Prince. “He has the most elaborate temple in all of Haiti. And I By Alexandra Fuller Photographs by students of FotoKonbit The Haitian student photographers Founded in 2010, FotoKonbit is a Haitian-run, U.S. -based nonprofit organization (fotokonbit.org) that teaches photography to youths and adults in Haiti.