“This is a picture I did not take of a man in a blue tracksuit walking across a snowy, barren field, carrying a white plastic bag from a drug store in one hand and a 2-liter cherry soda in the other, and upon reaching the middle of the snowy field, the man stopped, set down his plastic bag, unscrewed the cap of his cherry soda and brought it to his lips; a man in blue tracksuit, in the middle of that white expanse, drinking bright red sweetness.”
When Pete Brook begins to work on the practice of Photography in prison, he didn’t expect to find coverages. Since October of 2008, he collects informations, and pictures. His website works like a magazine, or a diary.
In Photography and Narrative classe, at Coventry University, we have the luck to speak with him about the Haiti earthquake in January of 2010.
This is 4 articles he wrote about that subject:
What do I think about that ?
On Tuesday, 12 january 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake destroyed Haiti. The Port-au-prince prison has been partly demolished releasing inmates in the Cité Soleil. At Las Cayes the prisoners took the control of the prison for several hours.
This disaster permitted to the whole world to discover the current situation of Haiti: the misery, the violence, the constant terror of the gangs … The new haitian president Rene Prevail took a lot of measure to restore peace in the country, but with the earthquake, the gangs are back and terrorize the population.
It’s complicated for a journalist to explain in one article that very complex situation. The many issues doesn’t make the task easier. We need a patchwork of writings, pictures, videos to clearly understand what’s really happened in Haiti. Unfortunately, the earthquake in Haiti is less covered than the hurricane Katrina in america. Why ? Maybe the medias cover more the events which take place in countries where the hearers are. People feel more concern and shock when the disasters are near to them. When the problem is close to them, they realize that they aren’t invincible, it could happen to them !
The United States offered their help to build a new judicial system. It’s a good example of the consequences of a disaster. In that case, the issues of Haiti are exhibited at the world, and the other countries want to do something. People are asking why a such tragedy happened ? What could we do improve ? What could we do to prevent another one ? The Haitian political, human, economic aspects are judged and reappraised. Would we talk about the misery in Haiti without the earthquake ? Would we denounce the not human conditions in the prison ?
We really can’t answer to these questions, because the media tornado is too much unstable, unpredictable, and depend mostly on the auditors not on the important news.
Work with a partner, name yourselves: “eyes” and “ears”.
Both should devise and plot a local route that will take the traveler through a range of private and public, sensory experiences. Once devised, “Eyes” (wearing earplugs / ear-defenders) will lead “Ears” (who will be blindfolded) along that same route.
“Ears” will be recording the journey and in response to the aural stimuli, they will dictate pace and attention – whenever they (Ears) deem it necessary, they’ll halt the journey in order to make dedicated ‘sound-mark’ audio recordings.
At the end of the journey, the roles reverse and “Eyes” will travel the same route (again wearing ear-defenders) making images that best describe and respond to the visual stimuli as they go.
Sunday Morning or The Sound of Silence
(made by Camille Perret and Susanne Kober )