thomas freteur

Photographer / Videographer
    
The Faithful
Location: Kinshasa
Nationality: Belgian
Biography: Years ago, Thomas received from his Grand-Pa the Hasselblad that he had kept through out his photographer career, stretching back to the early 50’s. Was it this Hasselblad, more than his diploma in social media, that convinced Thomas he had... MORE
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The Faithful
Copyright thomas freteur 2022
Date of Work Jun 2017 - Jul 2017
Updated Aug 2017
Location Gonaives
Topics Celebrations, Christianity, Community, Desert, Documentary, Editorial, Environment, Faith, Family, Fine Art, Happiness, Health/Healing, Hope, Landscape, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Poverty, Spirituality, Travel, Wildlife





On the road to the northern part of Haiti, not far from the city of Gonaives, is a small hill called Ti Pinsik. It stands in an arid and rocky landscape. Only cacti, lizards and goats can survive in this environment.


On a day of thunder, about 40 years ago, a pastor was born at the foot of this hill. The news spread quickly: "A king is born." Since then, every morning (except church days), clusters of believers have flocked to the hill, gathering at Ti Pinsik to pray to their various gods.


As far as the collective memory can go back, it has always been so. The faithful come and go from Ti Pinsik to sing, pray, dance, and sleep.

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