Thursday, August 22, 2013

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

Three more examples from this month's showing at the Cleveland Print Room, up until tomorrow. All proceeds from the sale of these images are to be directed to five schools for girls in collaboration with Humana People to People India. Various sizes and price points are also available to allow a wider audience to participate in this ambitious endeavor. I hope the viewers of these images will be moved as much as the people themselves have moved me.


Girl, Çingene Community, Muş, Turkey

In this part of the country, the community flourishes. The live like the Bedouin of the Middle East do for example, and have deeply similar features and customs. This specific village was situated in an open field surrounded by rolling hills. The tents were mostly white in color and were open on one side. Carpets lined the ground, and cushions were offered to us upon arrival. We spoke with the leader and were allowed to photograph the children. The camera was set up near one tent, and the children sat around us waiting for their turn. Thanks to the guidance of my Turkish friends, we were able to make portraits of the girls in relative calm, and this is but one example from our afternoon together. Like her counterparts in Lebanon for instance, her skin and hair have both felt the cruelness of the elements... yet she presents with a smile few can deny.

Unframed $250
Framed $400
Smaller Prints Available
100% of proceeds going to Schools for Girls in association with
Humana People to People India




Man, Street, La Habana, Cuba

While much of my work on the island presently involves known families, there are times when walking around the city produces great opportunities. We were strolling down a major street when we decided to turn left down a side alley. The light was minimal and we noticed this gentle man sitting on the steps to our left. We stopped, talked for a minute or so, and then decided to ask permission for his portrait. A few people noticed and came over to make sure we were legitimate. Perhaps five minutes later we were allowed to begin and exposed one roll of film in an attempt to secure his portrait; one roll because this gentle man is unable to prevent his body from shaking. In this frame fortune smiled upon us and his features were exposed faithfully. Since then his portrait has been shown to many in the area, and all have recognized him with joy.

Unframed $350
Framed $500
Smaller Prints Available
100% of proceeds going to Schools for Girls in association with
Humana People to People India



Girl, Orphan, Western Kenya

In this part of Kenya, orphans were orphans because of an epidemic. In school after school visited, the first children to be photographed with the help of MACODEF were the orphans under their sponsorship.These children knew little about wars, conflicts and so on. They knew all too much about the violence perpetrated on their social fabric by this epidemic. At the time of this child's birth, one out of every ten women in this region were infected with HIV/AIDS. According to many estimates, the population living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya was third in number behind South Africa and Nigeria. With an active HIV/AIDS population near 1,500,000 living within its borders, the number of orphans in Kenya has increased to 1,200,000. The young child above was one such example of the ongoing struggle with the epidemic.

Unframed $250
Framed $400
Smaller Prints Available
100% of proceeds going to Schools for Girls in association with
Humana People to People India