Friday, July 19, 2013

Halim Ina, Global Community Portraits, Cleveland Print Room, Humana People to People India, July 12, 2013

Three more portraits from the current show at the Cleveland Print Room. All proceeds from the sale of these images will be forwarded to schools for girls in Rajasthan through a collaboration with Humana People to People India. We hope that these images affect the viewers as much as they have affected the photographer. The framed images are 16 x 20 and are traditional darkroom prints onto fiber base paper, toned in selenium for permanence. Various sizes and price points are offered as well.

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Migrant Field Worker, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

In the Middle East they are visible yet invisible. One can see them from the road sweating away under the grueling sun, dressed from head to toe picking vegetables for a few dollars per twelve hours. They live in tents behind service stations, without access to such basics as running water. Education and medicine are out of reach, while the environment takes its cruel toll on their tiny frames. One day while looking for a specific family, a group of children came running across a field excited to see a stranger. They wore shirts children around the world wear, torn on the edges and weathered. Their hair was abrasive to the touch, and their skin scorched by the dryness of the region. Each girl stood for her portrait for a few minutes, then walked away from my lens never to be seen again. My next visit to Lebanon will include a search for this exquisite spirit.

Unframed $650
Framed $800
Smaller Prints Available
100% of proceeds going to Schools for Girls in association with
Humana People to People India





Elder Man, North Bank, The Gambia

He sat on the side of a service station, and mostly remained quiet during negotiations for the portraits. Although slight in build, his features impressed me deeply then and even more so now. He was hundreds of miles away from his family and did so in order to make a living. I wonder where he is now, and if he has rejoined his family.

Unframed $650
Framed $800
Smaller Prints Available
100% of proceeds going to Schools for Girls in association with
Humana People to People India





Claudia, Artist, San Miguel del PadrĂ³n, Cuba

She loves to paint and in life happens to be the quietest of girls. Her presence in front of the camera however is without equal and she has over the past two years spoken through the visual image unlike any other in my experience. We met one day while looking for her sister from the previous year, and instantly fell in love with her spirit. She has the humility that the lens adores, and the kindness that allows me to continue documenting. Before leaving her home, she invited me to her room with the permission of her father to witness her paintings. I sat on the floor next to her bed while she passed her paintings one by one for my review. The colors were magnificent, and I felt like an explorer seeing a landscape for the very first time. As we ended our visit she handed a painting to me as a gift, a gesture that touched me beyond my ability to respond verbally.

Unframed $650
Framed $800
Smaller Prints Available
100% of proceeds going to Schools for Girls in association with
Humana People to People India