Village Slide Show

Village Slide Show

I had always wanted to take my photos back to the folk in Reserve, a small village in the bush country of Haiti. On a recent trip I took along my digital camera and a laptop. Everyday prior to Thanksgiving, I had taken some photos of the folks there in the village and then downloaded them that night into a slide show in the laptop. On Thanksgiving evening we loaded up a John Deere four-wheel drive and went to the village. I set the laptop up in the back of the ATV and started the show. Within the first two minutes, there were 30 kids crowding around the screen and by the completion of the show, well over 100 people had packed in against the little kids down in front. With every new slide of someone new on screen, an ear splitting chorus of cheers rang out from the village as they recognized a friend or one of the children. While I was watching their responses, I noticed that when an individual's own photo came up there would be little or no reaction from them. I realized that they simply did not know what they looked like themselves and consequently, did not know who that person was on the screen.