These portraits were shot during an assignment in Haiti in 2010 -- all in similar fashion: after explaining in my bad high school french that the camera would be coming "very close", I brought the matte box just inches away from each subject, and gave them no direction. Very few of the kids felt compelled to pose or work up any sort of fake expression -- they all just sat stock still, remarkably relaxed, exuding what I learned was a fairly typical haitian grace.
Many of these were shot on the first official day of school after the earthquake. On that day, time was limited -- and so many kids wanted to have their portraits taken, that I had to choose. It was painful to exclude any of them, so I made a show of choosing at random, closing my eyes and pointing in different directions.
Shot with Canon 5D, Nikon 50mm f1.4.