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On The Streets in Port-au-Prince

On my recent trip to Haiti, I spent some time shooting in Port-au-Prince. Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the city. My first trip to Haiti was before the earthquake and I have returned every year since. I can say that for the first time, I could a significant improvement in the conditions in Port-au-Prince. I saw very little rubble, but there are still large empty areas that haven't been rebuilt. There are far few tent cities and in general, the city is cleaner. In the shots, the city may not seem clean, but it is much better than it was. 

In Haiti, there  is no organized public transportation system and  the majority of the people don't have cars. The colorful vehicles in a number of the shots are called Tap Taps, the main mode of transportation in Haiti. You will also see people doing a lot of things manually, pushing wheelbarrows and carts because of the lack vehicles.

If you have never been to Port-au-Prince, I hope the photos will give you a sense of what the city is like. It is crowded, colorful, loud and to a foreigner, it appears chaotic.

Watch the photos in a video .... On The Streets in Port-au-Prince

Queen's Staircase in Nassau, The Bahamas

The Queen's Staircase in the late 1800's

The Queen's Staircase in the late 1800's

The Queen's Staircase is a steep staircase that was carved out of limestone by slaves between 1773 and 1774 using axes and other sharp hand tools. 

According to one legend, the 65 steps (originally 66) were carved into the 102-foot high solid limestone cliff to honor Queen Victoria’s sixty-five year reign. However, that legend makes no sense because Queen Victoria wasn't born until 1819.

The Queen's Staircase was built to provide British troops a protected route to Fort Fincastle which was built on the highest point of the island as a lookout by the British captain Lord Dunmore in 1793. The Queen's Staircase and Fort Fincastle were built to protect New Providence from marauders and pirates. However, none ever attacked.

 

Abandoned House

I have been driving by this abandoned mansion, Old Stokes Cabana, in Nassau, The Bahamas for years. It was built in the late 80's and never completely finished. I'm told that the owner was into a few illegal activities which led to his death before he was able to finish the house.

The property is on the eastern tip of New Providence, right on the beach. It is a beautiful location. I'm guessing the home is about 20,000 square feet. The rooms inside are huge and there are some that I have no idea what there intended use was.

The kitchen on the main floor is massive and there is a second large kitchen off the master bedroom on the second floor. 

On the second floor, there is a balcony that wraps around the home to take advantage of the ocean views. There is also an observation deck above the master bedroom that you reach by staircase where you get a great view of the surrounding area.

Considering the home has been abandoned for over twenty years, there isn't as much damage to the interior as you might expect.