Sanni Saarinen

Finland
www.sannisaarinen.com

Sanni Saarinen (born in 1979) is a Finnish documentary photographer based in Turku. She has a Masters degree in Comparative Religions from the University of Turku, Finland and a Masters degree in Photography from Efti, International Photography School in Madrid, Spain.

She has worked years as a freelance photographer and journalist for the Finnish magazines, but concentrates currently on personal long-term documentary photographic projects. She is interested in questions of identity, community and belonging in a world where people move and migrate increasingly more.

Longing for roots

In 2015 I moved back to Finland, to my home country, after living abroad for years. Soon after that our daughter was born. We decided to settle down to the archipelago of Turku to live in close connection with nature, but spend still part of the year in Spain as my spouse is Spanish. Moving back to Finland, becoming a mother and living in between two countries have made me think about roots and identity a lot. This ongoing project is about my roots, about the roots I want my daughter to have and about humans’ universal need to find a place and community to belong to.

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Longing for roots

Maiju, my sister, in Klaukkala in July 2018

Longing for roots

The field

Longing for roots

Jorge, my spouse, in Las Negras in January 2017

Longing for roots

The Cactus

Longing for roots

Kanerva, my daughter, in Las Negars in January 2017

Longing for roots

Madrid

Longing for roots

Julio, my friend, in Madrid in January 2018

Longing for roots

The snowfall and silence

Longing for roots

Kanerva, my daughter, at home in Turku in February 2018

Longing for roots

The trees

Longing for roots

Maria, my friend, in Turku in August 2018

Longing for roots

Jorge, my spouse, in Las Negras in July 2018

Longing for roots

Where the deers sleep

Longing for roots

Flowers in summer night

Longing for roots

Kanerva, my daughter, in Parainen in August 2017
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