SARAH CHURCHER

I am mesmerised by joy, I think it is the key to a good life. I also have a deep fascination with family structure and the importance of belonging. This is what I strive to photograph with every family who comes in front of my lens. Family photography is everything to me, I will spend the rest of my life developing my art with families as my subject.

MY FAMILY

My treasures include my husband Perry, a brilliant chef which is something I give thanks for daily. My son Henry Archer, who is three, and our latest addition Florence Winifred, who was born in February 2020. We also have a cat, dog and three chickens. Outnumbered? Yes. We have lived in Mentone for 10 years, love the beach and good coffee keeps us alive.

WHY MUKA

In Maori mythology the harakeke (flax) plant represents the whanau (family). The rito (shoot) is the child and it is protectively surrounded by the awhi rito (parents). The outside leaves represent the tupuna (grandparents and ancestors). Muka is the fibre taken from the strongest leaves and woven into kete (baskets). The perfect symbol of family structure and connection.