Allison Mayer@allisonmayerwsa

WITNESS 🙏🏻 STORYTELLER 📸 ARTIST
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8 years ago am earthquake devastated Haiti physically, but it couldn't crush the people's spirit. .
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Never have I met more spirited and resilient group of people than my friends in Haiti. Around every twist in the road is a person just making it work, loving their family, an praising God for all their blessings.
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I try to stay out of politics, it's really irrelevant, my work is pro people and it exists on such a personal level that rarely do politics play into it. But I can't let today go by without speaking out for every Haitian and every citizen of countries our President deems less than worthy of his basic respect. To step up and say that the President does not represent my attitudes or those of most Americans that I know. .
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Regardless of our president's indefensible speech and actions, I still believe in an America capable of lending a helping hand and supporting basic human rights around the world. .
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Se pou limyè Bondye klere ou. Ayiti, mwen renmen ou. .
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#ayiti #haiti #earthquake #presidenttrump #america #godblesshaiti .
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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Port-au-Prince
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One of my favorite things to do is to share the stories of the people I meet with people around the world. Whether it's a Skype, a presentation, or just in a one to one conversation speaking about the life of my friends - because that's who they become - is always a highlight. .
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#streetphoto #magnumphotos #streetlife #streetportrait #photojournalism #lensculturestreets #urbanphotography #everydayasia #theglobewanderer #wearethestreet #dailylife #beststreets #exploringtheglobe #everybodystreet #streetphotographer #reportagespotlight #lensculture #photojournalist #streetphotographers #everydayindia #storytelling #onassignment #streetlife_award #igersindy


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On my personal Facebook page some friends and were discussing various topics around anonymity In images and stories.
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I've long been a believer that you can create powerful portraits of a persons journey with out ever showing there face. .
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This has always been one of my favorite examples of that. I don't need to tell you anything for you to get a small glimpse into the reality of life in Haiti. The rocky ground, the shoes you would get crucified for wearing -sewn back together with care and purpose, the heat, and the dust. If your anything like me you're toes feel a little uncomfortable as you read this. .
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Is it a man or a woman? Young or old? It doesn't matter because this story is that of thousands. .
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It also tells the story of mass donations and out of work cobblers, but that's a story for another day.
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#Humansofdignity #anonymousstoried #shoes #fashion #haiti #haitimission #haitiaid .
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#instastyle #fblogger #lookbook #menwithstyle #outfitoftheday #styleoftheday #menswear #ootdmen #lookoftheday #snobshots #streetwear #urbanfashion #fashiondiaries #menwithstreetstyle #menstyle #fashionkiller #fashiongram #outfitfromabove #wiwt #simplefits

Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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I've always loved the juxtaposition of this image. The way the children casually play in front of this sign warning about the dangers of cholera. It's just a part of life, and That says something profound. .
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#helpothers #haitimission #humanitarianaid #missionphotographer #missions #haitiaid #cholera #photojournalism #photography #photographer #worldtravel #seetheglobe #peopleinframe #childhood #poverty #worldhealth


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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. #7
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Early on the morning of Dec 29th 2012 I received a vague text that said “Is this Allison Mayer the ex wife of ___*___? ”
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(remember how I told you it matters to me that people get to control their own narratives? Names will be omitted in this story.)
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My husband and I were separated, not yet divorced. I assumed it was a member of my ex’s family trying to harass me, I almost didn’t respond. .
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6 hours later I was sitting in Starbucks waiting to meet this stranger. Who was he?
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……….The would-be hitman my husband had contracted to kill me. .
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He handed me a recording he had made of my ex discussing the details. I drove straight to the police station. I should have been terrified, but I felt nothing. I vividly remember the drive, like a silent movie. I can see the landscape move by me but there were no sounds, there were no thoughts, there was nothing but protective numbness… Shock.
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That’s when my life became a game of hurry up and wait. In the 3 days between receiving that message and my ex’s arrest on New Year's Eve, I was constantly in contact with officers and detectives. Phone calls, emails, meetings where I was interviewed in the back seat of a pickup truck with tinted windows at a random gas station. – In hindsight, I got in that car without asking for identification way to quickly. .
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The police came to my house once when I didn’t answer the phone to check on me. No one was home to answer the door, so they let themselves in and searched the entire place. That’s was the moment that shock started to fade and for the first time, I really felt scared. .
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My ex was arrested on New Year's Eve. After the holiday weekend there was a bond hearing, and then that was it. For a long time, absolutely nothing happened. The flurry of activity dies down and you start to feel like maybe it was all a bad dream, or maybe it's over now… You don’t really know what comes next. You’re constantly on edge for the next thing to happen………………… but it never does.
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You just wait....

Hamilton County, Indiana
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Here’s the thing about justice; we think of it as the best possible outcome to a tragic story.
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In reality – It’s a myth.
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If you’re the victim of a crime, you are interviewed, you are investigated, you are scrutinized. .
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It's not the job of a criminal court to get justice for you. The court represents the interests of the general public. This very real and personal thing that happened to you, this narrative of your life gets seized from your control. .
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In a way, your whole life becomes the board on which the game is played. They say jump you jump, they say wait, you wait. Sometimes weeks or months - never knowing when you might have to be in court again, answer a phone call, or spend two days tracking down an obscure text message that all of the sudden is the most priceless thing in the world.
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When its happening you feel like a bystander to your own life. It’s the most worthless feeling a person can experience.
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I take great care in my work to ensure no one ever feels like they’re just an actor in my version of their story, or an organizations narrative of their life. That they maintain ownership not only in what happened, but also how that story is told, and to who.
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It's more than just professional ethics to me. It's personal.
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Photo from Dec 2012
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I took this photo 5 years ago today. I was sitting at a Starbucks waiting to meet a stranger..... and no this isn't the story of a blind date with a happy ending. The person I was meeting saved my life.
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It's funny how 5 years can simultaneously seem so long ago and seem like it was just yesterday.
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How time can make our emotions more vivid even as the memories start to fade.
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How some endings are actually beginnings.
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How in the midst of the seasons of our life that ending feels like it's actually right smack dab in the middle of something we will never see the other side of. .
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But with faith and trust we know it all has a purpose. In 5, 10, 25 years we can look back and see how everything fit just perfectly. .
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This is my story. And over the next year, I'm going to tell it to you, in real time, as it unfolded 5 years ago. You may need patience, but the cadence with which things happen is an important part of understanding its impact.
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#murderforhire #dateline #domesticviolence #coffeebeans #coffeetime #onmytable #nothingisordinary #seekthesimplicity #handsinframe #coffeebreak #coffeegram #tastespotting #stilllife #vscocoffee #coffeeholic #cupsinframe #tablesituation #BaristaLife #onthetableproject #coffeelife #stilllifegallery #indiana #igersindiana #indianapolis #gathermidwest #igersmidwest #themightymidwest


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Baggins lives in a village on top of a mountain plateau in Northwest Haiti. He was a curious little fellow! .
The first day we didn't talk, he watched me from about 3 ft away. The second day he threw me this "ball" it's a sock full of trash... but it's almost perfectly round!!!!
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I threw it back, and that was the beginning of a 3 day friendship that was him talking at me non-stop in Creole, me not understanding anything, and both of us resorting to Photos where we make silly faces. 😂😜😘
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He is the sweetest.
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#haiti #haitimission #helpothers #humanitarianaid #humanitarian #igershaiti #soudehaiti #thephotosociety #portraits #makeportraitsnotwar .
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#humaneffect #pursuitofportraits #quietthechaos #ig_mood #ftwotw #portrait_perfection #agameofportraits #portraitisreligion #profile_vision #portraitphotography #makeportraits #discoverportrait #portraiture #postmoreportraits #portraitpage


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It had climbed well over 💯 several days that week in Haiti. The air conditioner can't keep up and the fans just blow hot air at you. You gotta do what ever you can to stay cool! .
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When do we loose that carefree attitude we have as children? How many of us would suffer through the heat rather than sit in a bucket?
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I feel like there is a lesson to be learned here...
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#missionphotographer #haiti #humanitarian #humanitarianaid #missionlife #missions #haitimission #thephotosociety


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