I am the white looking girl with a story. I grew up with my feminist, art teacher Mother and my Maori activist and lawyer Father. I can go from my city house in Auckland to my marae in the Bay Of Plenty. I leave as Sara and arrive as Hera of Ngati Awa and Te Arawa descent. With my parents I protest marched to support the homosexual law reform in 1979 and protest marched to keep Bastion point in 1977.
I also marched against the springbok tour in 1981. I’m lucky enough to be alive, see history finally align itself and know my parents taught me well.
I also grew up in a very female oriented environment that was artistic, peaceful and beautiful. Beauty was appreciated and all around me.
With a solid mix of Art, Maoritanga & Activism I went on to complete my degree
in Art history and Sociology (Feminist studies major). A few years later I studied photography.
For me, photography captures every corner of my spirit. I use my sociologist eye to consider the backbone of my ideas. I use my art historian eye to explore the greats centuries before me.
I will seek the power. I will seek the beauty. I will seek the emotion.
I only know diversity in my life and this in turn becomes who I am as a photographer.
My work is a reflection of me as a Woman, Artist,Sociologist and Photographer.