The Project

"Within a week of leaving for our third trip to Sobier, I thought of the idea of holding a mirror up to the society obsessed with Malls, Mickey, and Pop Culture that I grew up in by using people that have no electricity, no running water, no stores, and no internet."

About The Sobier Photo Project

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Photographer - Ed Olen

The Sobier Photo Project from celebrated photographer, Ed Olen. Olen has traveled to Haiti with The Heart of Hollywood Foundation on yearly mission trips since 2012. For the past five years the organization has focused on the village of Sobier, which wasn’t damaged much by the 2010 earthquake, but is one of the poorest villages on the island. Olen always photographs his trips, but in 2017 he decided to try something new. With the help of strategic and handmade props, Olen juxtaposes a culture of wealth against a community of need. 

“It's the village that is being overlooked,” Olen says, “So I decided to do this series to bring attention to their needs.”

Olen captures the unique personalities of his subjects, creating striking images that demand attention and evoke reaction. 

“This village is among the most ravaged we’ve seen in Haiti, “ Olen says, “It’s third world poverty 75 minutes from Miami.  They have no electricity, no running water, no stores, no malls, and no internet.  They have almost no access to the world around them”

The Heart of Hollywood Foundation  constructed a medical clinic for the community.

“Now we want to focus on sponsoring a weekly clinic that would include a doctor, nurse and a dentist.  We also want to focus on bringing water to their community.”

Olen spent 10 years shooting food and fashion for local luxury lifestyle publication, Coast Magazine, and currently freelances in the greater Orange County and Los Angeles areas and has worked for The City of Newport Beach’s NBTV for over 12 years.

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About The Village

Nestled in the mountains above the port town of Miragoane and only accessible by 4-wheel drive, we discovered the remote village of Sobier 5 years ago.  Even though this village wasn’t affected much by the devastating 2010 earthquake, it was desperately in need more than any other place we have seen on the island.  They don’t have electricity, water, sanitation, trash, internet or any of the conveniences we so easily take for granted.  Click Below to see and read more about the village and the clinic. 

See And Learn More About The Village
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How To Help Sponsor The Clinic

To make a donation, or if you have ideas how to help please click below.  We are looking for partners to help sponsor the weekly clinic.  We are also looking for people with ideas like knowledge of agriculture, or bringing water into communities in need.  We are also looking for other groups that might want to partner with us on this journey.

How To Donate

Events

7/8/2019

"Sobier Photo Project" Photography Exhibition by Ed Olen

All day

Newport Beach Central Library

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7/8/2019

"Sobier Photo Project" Photography Exhibition by Ed Olen

Location:

Newport Beach Central Library

Art Gallery

1000 Avocado Ave

Newport Beach, CA 92660


The exhibition will be on display during library operating hours, July 8 through September 6, 2019.

All day

Newport Beach Central Library

7/5/2019

Interview With Tom Johnson For StuNews About The Sobier Photo Project Exhibition

All day

Newport Beach

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7/5/2019

Interview With Tom Johnson For StuNews About The Sobier Photo Project Exhibition

All day

Newport Beach

08/25/2019

Sobier Photo Project Exhibition Reception

2pm - 6pm

The Estate of Amy and Marshall Senk

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08/25/2019

2pm - 6pm

The Estate of Amy and Marshall Senk