2014 Emerging Photography Contender: Emma Uwejoma

For ‘Ngwako,’ Brighton-based photographer Emma Uwejoma examines her own identity as the child of an English mother and a Nigerian Igbo father by exploring her father’s personal history and by imagining what life might have held for her in Nigeria. 

Says Uwejoma in her Artist Statement, “When I grew up I never felt I belonged. I went to school in Dorset and was the only black kid in school. I was a mixture of the two [races], a ‘ngwako’ as they say in Igbo, a hybrid, somebody who didn’t fit in here and didn’t fit in there. In this series of portraits I relive this uncertainty and undergo a gradual entry into a world that I want to be part of. I’m still learning what it means to be an Igbo woman from an English home. I hope this project will help me discover who I am, what I am and where I come from.”

All images © Emma Uwejoma

Each week, Feature Shoot editors showcase the work of one photographer who has applied to the Emerging Photography Awards in order to highlight the diverse array of applications we receive. This is not an endorsement of the photographer for the award.