Photographers Without Borders sat down with Lisa to talk to her about her upcoming trip to document the work of Development in Gardening. 

1. WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING DIG? 

The concept of Development In Gardening interested me from the moment I heard about them.  After further research on the organization, it was easy for me to become passionate about the organizations long term goals.  I tend to navigate towards projects that provide a long term progressive solution to problems.  DIG is doing just that. From helping people use their local resources to maintain and secure gardens that meet nutritional needs to promoting gender equality and educating communities,  DIG’s purpose and goals are in line with my personal beliefs on all of these levels. I believe that helping people by educating them on how to use the resources they have more effectively is a concept that can be implemented to not only address problems faced by this generation but many generations to come.

2. HOW DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THEM?

As a photographer, I am always trying to tell a visual story.  It’s hard in the fast paced digital word to get attention to an image.  It’s even harder to hold ones attention and virtually impossible to make someone act on a cause.  This a challenge for all NGO photographers and I am no different.  I try and make a personal connection with the people and places I photograph long before I put my camera to my eye.  I can see that DIG is connecting and impacting people on a personal level and I can help visually tell the story of what they do and how it is so needed in the communities they serve.

3. WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND YOUR SUPPORTERS?

Asking for support on something that I am passionate about is a little hard for me.  When I started on this journey, transitioning from being a successful wedding photographer to an NGO and humanitarian photographer, I made sure I researched to organizations that I felt a true connection to.  That being said, I think the photography project I will be working on with DIG is well worth consideration if someone is interested in helping promote an organization that is empowering people through gardening, nutrition and education in an area of the world where it is sorely needed. 

Visit Lisa's website here.