The Least of These

Phil Niekerk's avatar Phil Niekerk

Over the past two years, I've had the privilege of traveling to Haiti for missions trips. Each of these trips has shown me a side of world poverty that I never seen or experienced before. As I've poured through the 1000s of images I captured, one incredible theme popped from my galleries. Faces. Beautiful, emotion-filled faces in impoverished backdrops. But as I put these images together, I came to realize that poverty doesn't always mean sadness and despair. People who live with very, very little still express beauty, joy, passion, and peace well as despair, fatigue and grief. It's been said that the eyes are a window to the soul. If so, the face is the frame that holds the beauty found within the eyes and soul. My hope to is convey the passionate emotions of some beautiful souls in Haiti. I hope the viewer is compelled to wonder and imagine the stories behind the eyes and faces of these people.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2-6 inches
  • Medium: Black and white photography framed in steel.
  • Width: 12 feet
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 4 feet