From my project couchsurfing /// natacha, 29 – port-au-prince, haiti - natacha's principal occupation is doing good. the form her good deeds take is fitting in her tormented homeland, where she fights a daily battle to give her country's children a future. natacha, who was orphaned when she was only a few months old and raised in an institute for foundling children, understands their plight. her life changed when, at the age of five, she was long-distance adopted by a german family. it was the beginning of a life-long journey made possible by their material and psychological support. in the beginning it was almost impossible to communicate with her new "family." in order to be able to speak with her german “parents,” natacha set herself to study english. after just a few years they were having long conversations every day. her long-distance “father" encouraged her to continue her studies and, eventually, she became a teacher at a montessori children's school, where she learned the ropes of her profession. a few years later, in love with her work and determined to devote herself entirely to children, natacha, with the financial backing of her german family, was able to build her own school. it is in martissant, an unsavory neighborhood of port-au-prince controlled by gangs, but everyone here knows natacha and respects her. the terrible 2010 earthquake destroyed part of her school, burying some of the children and teachers beneath the rubble. it was a terrible tragedy but, confident in the support of her german parents, she decided to rebuild. every day she takes in orphans and gives them a chance. it was with them that she wanted to be photographed for this book. her entire life, not just her work, seems to hinge on helping others. her house is home to an apparently permanent encampment of penniless journalists, determined to tell haiti's stories but without money for hotels. when i was there, it was in the company of 5 other couchsurfers. her home is an old villa perched on a hillside in delmas, with a view over the whole of the city. she shares it with a girlfriend – and all the other people who you can always find camped out on beds and mattresses.
From my project fathers /// woolsthorpe-by-colsterworth, uk - dean colyer (49), alisha (13), harugy (10), gracie-lee (9) and hilly (7) - dean had always worked for a cooperative that offers cleaning services, but he lost his job about a year ago and now he is unemployed. occasionally, though, he does some cleaning in the mcdonald’s restaurants in the areas neighboring his town. “it’s not a great job, but it’s still better than not doing anything.”at home, he’s the one who takes care of the children, does the cooking (he says he's a good cook), and the cleaning, of course. in part, this is because he has a lot more free time than his wife, who works. “i love playing football with harugy, and i take the little girls to do dance and swimming. alisha, the eldest, loves art, so sometimes she takes me around to visit museums.” #father#fathers#dad#dads#uk#beer#pub#english
I’m getting ready to be a pirate in 2018!!! - from the project the heavens, done together with @paolowoods /// besides being one of the world’s major offshore centers, the cayman islands are also a prime tourist destination, attracting low-cost cruise ships travelling to the caribbean. tourists disembark on the island for one day and are offered a range of attractions including a one-hour all-drinks-included “pirate ship trip,” with jamaican immigrants playing the pirates. grand cayman #pirate#endoftheyear#cayman#2018#newyear#iwanttobeapirate
From my project happiness is… /// gloria lee, 21 - praha, czech republic - the first camera i ever owned was a yellow kodak disposable, that i received at the age of five. i remember laughing when i saw how easy it all was - the drawings i’d slaved over with pencils and crayons could easily be outdone with a simple click of a button! a few years and several cameras later, i have come to understand that photography is anything but simple. my happiest revelation was in a cold darkroom, glowing eerily with red light: the first time i’d printed with black and white film. snap snap snap the enlarger clicked, and i was left staring at a blank piece of paper. i held it up, knowing the sheet between my fingers was far from empty - it was an imprint of the world encoded with invisible light. holding my breath, i gingerly dipped the blank sheet of photo paper into the developer solution. every step of the photographic process boils down to this moment. the clock ticks. the solution ripples. i wait. it starts. black whips begin to devour the edges of the square, swerving this way and that, tracing a delicate outline. soon, grains of grey begin to fill in the framework, and the image is complete. i stand in awe of what i have just witnessed. textbooks say this is chemistry, but to me it is so much more - it’s magic. as someone who grew up during the transition from analog to digital, i see how people are slowly becoming more and more desensitized to the abstraction and value of an image. i hope one day my photos will help the world rediscover this magic - #email@example.com
Suggestion for an alternative christmas lunch. grandmas always know how to cook! - maria luz, 53 – cayman islands /// honduran iguana with rice and beans. ingredients: 1 fresh iguana, garlic, thyme, celery, onion, a green pepper, hot chillies and sweet chillies, 1 plantain to fry, 0.5kg rice, a dish of pre-cooked red beans, 2 litres coconut milk due, seed oil, mixed spices seasoning cubes, sauces, stock meat. - - first of all, the iguana has to be cleaned: cut the head; slit the iguana open down its belly, along its legs and tail and skin it completely pulling with energy. pull out all guts and wash it carefully in the water. cut the tail in 5cm pieces. separate the legs from the body and chunk the rest in two pieces. place the chunks in a bowl with some water and 50% distilled vinegar and let them there for about 10 minutes. wash again with water and dry. now take the pepper, onion and two stalks of celery and chop everything. chop thinly a hot chilli and four sweet chillies. in a bowl, place all the vegetables, the chillies and the chunks of iguana together and season everything with some maggi spices (to your liking) and a maggi cube (or other similar ingredient). mix and add a spoon of stock meat. put a casserole on the heat with two spoons of seed oil. when the oil is warm enough, pour in the marinated meat and vegetables. in the meanwhile, in another saucepan, warm a dish of beans with 1 litre of coconut milk. when it boils, add ½ kilo of rice and a spoon of salt. let the rice cook to your taste and turn the heat off. if the coconut milk is not enough, add some more while the rice is cooking. after 20 minutes that the iguana and vegetables are cooking, add two sprigs of thyme and cover the casserole with a lid. let it cook on a low heat for 30 minutes and then pour in a full glass of coconut milk. higher the heat and leave everything cooking for 15 minutes more. after that, the iguana is ready. in the last 15 minutes of cooking, prepare the fried plantain: cut it in half-cm-thick slices and fry in boiling seed oil. serve and enjoy your iguana, enriching its tasting with an iced beer if you wish!!!