The Charbonnière are the workers who sort, transport and sell the charcoal in Haiti. Outcast by Haitian society, because of the lowly status of the job, they are considered bottom of the ranks in the Haitian working class. Their ages range from younger than 10 to as old as 80. The workers at the market spend 12 hours a day, in the blistering sun, on their hands and knees sorting charcoal into various sizes. This is then bagged and transported into Port-au-Prince (and other places around the country) on open back trucks. The Charbonnière ride on top of the charcoal bags and the trucks travel on disheveled roads at speeds in excess of 70mph. It is not uncommon to see the carcasses of trucks discarded on the side of the road after the many fatal crashes. This is video is a test, shot at the charcoal distribution market on the coast in Les Arcahaie, and is meant to be a small vignette or portrait of the Charbonnière. Shot on a basic handheld DV Cam (generously lent to me by my friend, and talented photographer in his own right, Enrique de la Huelga) it was graded with Magic Bullet Looks.
If you are interested, and want to know more, see the complete photo story here: Wasteland – Charcoal in Haiti.