Photos by @kevinwonka, @maddiemcgarvey, and @jonpauldouglass. Three photographers, all alike in skill and passion but vastly different in vision and style. Together, they’re teaming up to share how they get the most out of Lightroom’s most powerful tools. First up, HSL Panel. Discover all the profound ways such a simple tool shapes their work by clicking the link in our bio.
#Lr_ForGood photo by @thedanielledasilva || Granny Grace with her grandsons David and Experience. Grace works at Nourish, an NGO that addresses poverty. Every day Grace, along with two other grannies, provides nutritious meals to children who would otherwise go hungry. After work, Grace goes home to help her daughter with housework and takes care of her beautiful grandchildren, both of whom are also supported by Nourish’s literacy, education, and nourishment programs. There is something very special about grandmothers and the women who raise us. #PhotographyForGood
#Lr_ForGood photo by @tifforelie || Photography is a language we speak to share a message with the world. It’s a window into how we see the things around us. We don’t have to be honest about what we see, but we can also choose vulnerability. We can use photography as a reminder of how stunning this earth and the human beings around us really are, and how important it is to share our true stories while we have the ability. I believe that if we photograph that way, we give humans permission to be vulnerable. This photo represents that for me.
#Lr_ForGood photo by @aundre || For the last year or so I’ve made a concerted effort to capture scenes on the G train, a train I ride daily to get around Brooklyn. I think it’s important as an artist not only to capture our vision but also our reality. In our current political climate, we need more images that are honest depictions of those around us. Digital empathy is often the first step to reminding us that we as singular human beings aren’t the center of the universe. Take more photos, listen better, hug more people. #PhotographyForGood
Photo by @claireonline || The photo was taken during the early evening sunlight, close to the water’s edge at the quiet, old village of Stege, located on the island of Møn in south-eastern Denmark. I particularly like this place, as it had a strong maritime feel. I love the sea. I’m drawn to it, and it always makes me feel at home. During this evening, the weather conditions were sublime and the long and beautiful sunset, mixed with the fairly balmy temperatures, created an amazing array of colors in the sky. The image had a dreamy feel and clearly defined “silence” in the way I felt it at that particular moment.
#Lr_ForGood photo by @sarahyltonphoto || I'm humbled to share my first attempt at tackling a written + image piece for News Deeply on Dalit women in India. This was such a beautiful and heart wrenching project that will continue to unfold for many years to come. Here Megha Kumari, 9 years old, is massaged by her mother and other villagers after she lost feeling in her legs following a seizure. According to villagers, households in the village of Harijan Mahala in Jharkhand do not receive their full rations of rice due to discrimination. Most households in the village have at least one female family member who suffers from anemia.
#Lr_ForGood photo by @dirtbagdarling || While in Cuba working on an immigration documentary project, I spotted these garbage men cleaning up a street corner in Havana. I walked a few blocks down to the ocean and saw just as many plastic bags in the water. It served as a reminder of what a global epidemic plastic pollution is — something that's easy to forget if you aren't faced with the visual of it on a daily basis. 500 billion single-use shopping bags like these get used every year, and many of them end up in the ocean. For those of us with the means to do so, giving up single-use plastic products is not just a right but a duty.
Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography / @rippleeffectimages || Climate change and pollution have made the availability of clean water more limited than ever due to droughts, rising seas, erosion and flooding. The never-ending search for water keeps women from more productive activities, and often prevents girls from going to school. That's why Ripple Effect Images (@rippleeffectimages) works with aid partners to support programs that train and empower women to build and manage water systems, use renewable energy to move water, and scale strategies to maximize conservation.
This @anniegriffithsphotography photo for @rippleeffectimages shows the handiwork of of @cws_global who provided a hand pump that served 100 families in rural Cambodia. #PhotographyForGood
Share how you use photography for good in your life with #Lr_ForGood for a chance to be featured this month!
Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography / @rippleeffectimages || The Wangu School, located at the edge of one of Nairobi’s largest dumps, used to feel like part of the dump itself. There was no fence, so strangers wandered into the school, posing a security threat. Church World Service (@cws_global) fenced the school, brought in teachers, and installed water pumps and a kitchen. The students receive healthy meals, clean drinking water, and can now play safely during recess. Today, Wangu is one of the best schools in Nairobi.
The single best way to help cultures value women is to show how valuable they are! And the single best way to promote value is to ensure that girls have equal access to education. An educated girl will marry an average of 4 years later and have fewer children.
Ripple Effect Images’ aid partners find innovative ways to remove obstacles that keep girls from reaching educational parity with boys in their communities. #PhotographyForGood
Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography / @rippleeffectimages || Mothers are some of the most creative people on Earth. Every day, mothers around the world have to find ways to keep their children alive in harsh conditions. Marwah fled Somalia with her daughter and took refuge in a camp across the border in Kenya. Every day she struggled to find food and medicine for her daughter. Her hard work and creativity paid off, and today she lives in Upstate New York. Her baby daughter is now a senior in high school, preparing to head off to college.
For every development dollar spent, women and girls receive less than 2 cents, despite clear research that shows them as the best investment we can make in our shared future. When women receive help, they invest it back, first into their families, then into their communities. Ripple Effect Images focuses on promoting programs that provide the opportunities women need to thrive. Now, in partnership with @Adobe, through the #PhotographyForGood program, we’re working to encourage and help every photographer do the same.
Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography / @rippleeffectimages || Brick by brick, Maasai women build a clean stove and chimney that will forever change a family’s life. Household Air Pollution (HAP) is the single biggest killer of women and their children in the developing world. Childhood pneumonia and respiratory disease decreases dramatically in these villages when women have clean cooking solutions. By bringing electricity, these Maasai leaders have become leaders in their communities. Their work also helps them achieve dignity and economic independence.
Shot on assignment for @rippleeffectimages. Ripple’s aid partners engage local women entrepreneurs to provide energy efficient solutions including solar and healthy cooking and heating options that reduce reliance on solid fuels. #PhotographyForGood
Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography / @rippleeffectimages || I was one of the first women photographers to work with National Geographic and today I am the founder and executive director of Ripple Effect Images (@rippleeffectimages).
Salt harvesting is soul-searing work, done mostly by women and girls in India. But there is a solar light at the end of this tunnel! Many families now have a solar lantern, absorbing the rays of the day so that, at night, children who must work during the day can attend night school. More than 70,000 children in the region are now attending school at night. Education is the best hope for them to create a better life in the future.
This photograph was shot on assignment for Ripple Effect Images. Ripple celebrates innovative aid groups that empower women and children by assigning world-class photographers to document their programs. The resulting films and images are gifted to the aid groups, dramatically improving their fundraising. Together with @Adobe, Ripple Effect Images is launching the #PhotographyForGood campaign which aims to motivate people all over the world to donate their photography skills to the organizations who need it most.