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.
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.