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Since the Earthquake I have pressed the shutter button on my camera more than 3590 times. I am not sure of my actual shot count because there are some where the exposure was off or the focus didn’t catch and those I tossed. Most of these images are just record shots, documenting conditions for the Resurgence Project.
Included in these images are a few that are interesting, from a photographic perspective.
Some of them work in colour… in this case the colour is one of the things that makes it interesting.
Some of them could go either way. This one, for example, has only one hue. I think it looks equally as dramatic in black and white as it does in colour. What do you think?
But other images get their power by processing them just into black and white images.
I have put together a gallery on my grs photography portfolio site B&W Faces of some of the faces that I captured. If you like black and white images please have a look.
We are still working hard to build some of these people new homes.
Donate Outside of Ecuador you can send me funds through my paypal ( I will post an update accounting for these funds), inside Ecuador you can deposit directly in the bank account of FDOL. You can also send the funds directly to this account from outside Ecuador! We are setting up a gofundme, but the 8% in fees that are charged could be better spent on houses.
Thank you for reading and any help would be appreciated.
One of the things I like about Ecuador is the resourcefulness, of the people. This may come from having so little, so everything is reused when it can be.
When you don’t have much, you use what you have.
I think is one of the things that makes me so sad when I see the houses of some of the visually impaired that the Fundation is trying to help. They had so little to begin with, and then to lose that to the earthquake.
In my photographing for the PROYECTO RESURGIR / RESURGENCE PROJECT( a project to help rebuild the houses, the lives, of some visually impaired people ( and their families)). I notice a lot of broken Induction cooktops. These were sold with subsidies from the government, to cut down on the use of gas. I don’t know how easy it will be to fix these.
I am still looking for help for these people, please like and share so I can get the attention of the people who can help.
Last monday I got a phone call from the lady who runs Fundcion Oswaldo Loor asking me if I could go and help document the state of repair of the houses of visually impaired people in Manabi.
I had my own issues I was dealing with, but, I try to never say no to this lady. She is always doing so much for others.
Over the course of 3 days we visited 20+ houses and took a look at the damage they had sustained.
As well as viewing the houses, we were also delivering food and water.
Very few houses where un-damaged.
Some Houses are no longer habitable.
Other Houses need walls repaired or replaced
Some houses need to be reset onto their supports or foundations
There is damage to floors and ceilings
The part that made this assignment the most difficult one for me was the people. Most of these people do not have much, and then to lose what little they have is heartbreaking.
I am not sure where or how Yolanda will find the money help these people, but they are some of the many people who do need help.
In February 2013 I made a trip to the coast of Ecuador. I was going to take a few photographs for the Fundación Dr. Oswaldo Loor Moreira. Through a very convoluted series of contacts ( a friend’s friend’s wife is related to the director) I was asked to help take some publicity shots. I really didn’t have any idea what I was getting myself into.
It was a very eye opening experience.
I got to visit places where most Canadian’s don’t get to see.
One of the places we went to was the workshop of Sandy.
In Ecuador cars are very expensive. They are outside the reach of most Ecuadorians. For this reason motorcycles are the main means of private transportation( there are also buses going just about everywhere).
Motorcycle mechanics are very popular, especially if they are good. Sandy is a good motorcycle/ bicycle mechanic.
He is also blind.
This is as I saw him last week. He was fixing the spokes of a wheel of a clients Motorcycle.
And this is as he looked on my first visit in 2013. That day he was building a replacement part out of metal. This required grinding, pounding and shaping.
I hope to drop in again in a few more months.