Esther Havens: A Report from Haiti

Esther Havens: A Report from Haiti

I met Esther Havens over twitter. I heard a lot of scuttlebutt about how she was this young attractive hotshot photographer out of Austin, Texas. I knew a lot of talent comes out of Austin, so I was interested in hearing more about this lady. I went to her blog and website and was impressed. I sent her a few emails and we started chatting and found we knew a few of the same people and had worked for some of the same organizations. I have been pestering her about being on Depth of Field but she will not stay home long enough for me to set up a skype call. Then a few days back she popped up on Twitter and said she was in Haiti. So she really wanted to tell what was happening there and get the word out and I really wanted to hear it. So we set up this skype call over her phone. The line quality is not great but I think it adds a bit to the over all feel of the interview. Esther is being sponsored on this trip by several organizations are listed their names and their links below.

You can find Esther’s blog  and some of her humanitarian work HERE.  I hope you are challenged by what you’re about to hear, and quite frankly that you pull out your checkbook and buy a tent or some other kind of assistance for the people of Haiti.

Click this link to hear the interview: Esther Havens: A Report on Haiti

Safe Water Nexus

A Home in Haiti

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About The Author

Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.


  1. mariomattei

    My cousin's husband's father died in the quake and I hope that Esther would be the one to photograph their family. She is really bringing the right heart to her photographic work there in Haiti. I was very moved by her report on the hope of the people.

    As I think about the movement, I can't help but think Esther is a true match to the vision! Whether she ever joins the movement or not, she's already a true visual peacemaker!

    Thanks, again Matt.

  2. Matt Brandon

    Mario, I thought the same thing about her and the IGVP.

    I am sorry to hear of your family that you loss in Haiti. You should tweet her and have her locate your family.

  3. mariomattei

    Great idea. I just wrote the family to see if they're interested. I linked them to this interview and said all good things about Esther's approach. It could be a total long shot, or this could turn out to be something… who knows!

  4. Haiti Renewal Fund

    What a great interview with @estherhavens ! Very informative!

  5. Leslie Jenkins

    Thank you for your incredible work on the front lines of Haiti information and support for the rest of us that cannot be there…i appreciate you. Several people and many children still missing in our circle.

  6. mirelamonte

    I have been following Esther on Twitter from the beginning and she is on the Haiti List: .

    Esther's kind heart and open mind allows her to capture important images, honest and unadulterated, revealing the subject and telling a compelling story with nothing but her lens. Esther's prism allows her to see and capture the essence of people and circumstances. We are lucky to have her!

  7. ian furniss

    Another great interview Matt & thanks for bringing it.

  8. Anonymous

    sir, your work is enlighting and inspiring..may god bless you
    best wishes
    fazil nc
    india, kerala


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