The personal blog of photojournalist Noah Darnell.

Not long ago…

Not long ago…

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” ~Albert Einstein People have been able to travel vast distances in a single day for only a fraction of human history. Only for a very few years has it been possible to wake up in the USA and go to sleep in Tokyo

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Going on and on…

Going on and on…

If you are on pins and needles from yesterday’s post wondering if we found the best cup of hot chocolate on the planet, you will be pleased to know we found some spectacular hot chocolate. Perhaps not necessarily from one person, but more or less the way that Haitian hot chocolate is made would rank

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Notice those around you…

Notice those around you…

“What I’ve come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion… everyday acts of compassion. In South Africa they have a phrase called “ubuntu.” “Ubuntu” comes out of a philosophy that says, the only way for me

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To improve upon very little…

To improve upon very little…

But there is a lot there. In the remoteness of the southwest peninsula of Haiti, an engineering project has been undertaken that rivals many things I’ve seen in Europe or the States. The road from Les Cayes to Jeremie was once a one of the roughest in the country. (And it still is impressive how

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When there is no road, can you take the one less traveled by…?

When there is no road, can you take the one less traveled by…?

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy

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Life and all of the places you could go…

Life and all of the places you could go…

“I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.” ~Fritz Peris I remember once upon a time my good friend Jeff Montgomery said something in passing that I thought was brilliantly encouraging. It was many years ago and I

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Mounting experiences on the wall…

Mounting experiences on the wall…

The past has been a mint Of blood and sorrow. That must not be True of tomorrow. ~Langston Hughes: “History”     We awoke and packed our things for the journey back down the mountain fortress.   Needless to say, a memorable night, wrapped in workers’ blankets, still cold from the altitude and the silence.

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Keys to building nations…

Keys to building nations…

The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Convention lists 931 sites around the world as “World Heritage Sites” for reasons of significant contributions to history, culture, anthropology, archaeology, religion, science, etc. Such sites as the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, for instance. Other recognizable faces in the list include the Palace of

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Swipe: the Cap-Haitian market…

Swipe: the Cap-Haitian market…

I’m unsure, really, going into places like the Cap-Haitian market, if it is fair to call it “the Cap-Haitian market” or is it just “Cap-Haitian” in general. The market sprawls out from a central iron market (common to this part of the world, actually) and fills the streets for many blocks in every direction.  

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Old tires, water falls, and a mountain pass…

Old tires, water falls, and a mountain pass…

I’m in Port-au-Prince again. A man should never forget a familiar face.   …or place. .   The mountains above Port-au-Prince. It’s Haiti, but not what you’d expect.   That narrow gauge rail many people shoehorn their thought patterns on. “Haiti is all poor and dystopian.”   .   .   Haiti is freaking beautiful.

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On a main street in Cite Soleil…

On a main street in Cite Soleil…

“A scientist can prove why smoking is bad for you, but he cannot tell you why living is better than dying.” Stay tuned… -Noah D.

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Mainland return…

Mainland return…

It was a great morning to make the crossing from Ile-a-Vache to Les Cayes on mainland Haiti. I find this area of the world fascinating. The residents are in a constant state of uncertainty. Some find themselves as subsistence farmers of the sea who live day-to-day on an island off the coast of an island

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