Ngātahi is photographer Emma Baker’s reflection on where we were, where we are now and where we want to go.
People often tell me I should write a book.
Colourful, unique characters and situations have always surrounded me. Growing up, I often had no idea who I was actually related to. Everyone was just there. All the adults, Aunty or Uncle. Other kids called our parents mum and dad. And our door was always open.
It undoubtedly rubbed off on how I live today, becoming the foundation for how I see and share stories and experiences.
This inherent curiosity about humanity, cultures, and my own Māori heritage is both the bedrock of my work and the drive to collaborate on projects with a social and environmental impact.
I’m passionate about showing a realistic, relatable world. Creating poignant and dramatic but natural portraits. And capturing transitional moments that reveal narratives with a gritty, credible edge. I love that my craft can evoke a sense of connectedness, empower someone to be themselves or inspire new thinking.
And that’s way better than any book.
Based in the Waitakere Ranges in Auckland, NZ – when I’m not working, you’ll find me with my fave people – pooch nearby, music up loud – close to home, among the trees overlooking the city. The door is always open.