Hi, I’m Lisa (but you can call me Lis). I’m a financial marketer by day; a camera-toting, graphic-designing, antique-collecting, globe-trotting foodie looking to document all the details, curiosities and discoveries of my domestic and international journeys by night.
Born and raised in New York City, I moved to Hong Kong over four years ago for an amazing life/job opportunity. Living in HK, one of the most efficient travel hubs in the world, has allowed me to live out my dreams as a more-than-occasional, less-than-perpetual nomad.
Wander and Lust is the home for the moments in time that I find awe-inspiring. I hope you find something moving in them too.
[dropcap text=”1″]Growing up in a humble household didn’t allow for jetsetting trips, worldly experiences or culinary journeys. One year while all my friends were away at the annual high school week-long ski trip, I desperately picked up web coding to distract myself. With a phone dial-up cable line (whatever did we do in those days??) and a basics in HTML guide, I set out to create my own personal space that allowed me to get away to my web paradise whenever I wanted. Over the next decade, my sites slowly evolved from a random collection of moving Sailor Moon .gifs to (dare I say, mature?) layouts featuring writings, photos and other random musings. After a five-year hiatus, I’ve decided that there’s no better time than now to do all that you want. So here we go! [/one_half]
[dropcap text=”2″]My dad was an avid photographer who slowly gave up his full-time passion for a more stable job. But throughout my childhood (and still today), he was never without his Nikon SLR. Always snapping away at landscapes, street scenes, faces, personal emotions and everything in between, I learned to appreciate the beauty in a split second of life and to envision the stories behind the shadows, light, expressions. In high school, my aunt gave me one of her old SLR cameras to play with and I started documenting my own collection of stills. Today, although still a novice, it is one of my greatest passions. All photos on wanderandlust.com were taken by me (except the ones of me; those were taken by innocent bystanders or patient friends.) Please send me a note if you’d like to own one (or a few!) for your collection.
A sketch from her travels to Afghanistan, 1968
My aunt Judy C Wenderoth was a true artist in everything she did, whether it was as an architect, photographer, designer, poet, mother, friend. I spent a brief but impactful summer with her and at the end I left with my first SLR Nikon and survival tips in hand. The first tip was, “Define your own success, pave your own road to happiness and never lose hope.” I can only dream of capturing the soul that she did in her stills so effortlessly. Some of her work can be found here: Red Sparrow.
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[dropcap text=”1″]Elleyess = ell+ey+ess, the phonetic spelling of L-I-S
[dropcap text=”2″]antique and thrift sifting brings someone’s past to the present
[dropcap text=”3″]dusk during the fall is a reminder of change, self-reflection
[dropcap text=”4″]unrestrained conversation, snorting laughter is when I trust someone
[dropcap text=”5″]bordered photographs make life seem less hectic
[dropcap text=”6″]witty banter and quick quips satiate me
[dropcap text=”7″]b&w bokeh photographs is a reminder that life goes on
[dropcap text=”8″]running chases errant thoughts away and brings me back on track
[dropcap text=”9″]a good hefeweizen warms cold cheeks and a heavy heart
[dropcap text=”10″]lush, rich, blossoming peonies brighten up any room
[dropcap text=”11″]a smile (unless it’s a creepy one) is the universal icebreaker
[dropcap text=”12″]sharing a meal is the universal bonding ritual
[blockquote]Hope is the thing with feathers, That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all…
– Emily Dickinson