Photographer: Gavin Fernandes
Sabrina Kalfau was born in Vanuatu, in the South Pacific Ocean. She originates from a small village called Paunangisu in the north of the main island Efate and lived in the capital Port Villa until she was 12 years old before emigrating to the United Kingdom. She can still hold a conversation in her mother-tongue, Ngunese, as well as the national language, Bislama.
I photographed Sabrina on location at the V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, in East London where I live. As it was a bright morning, I chose to relocate the shoot outside the museum's main entrance to utilise the soft, low sunlight which conveyed a positive mood to a late-January, cold winter day.
Sabrina holds her daughter Stephanie which is an echo of the mother-daughter relationship of Sabrina as an infant being held by her own mother in Vanuatu, in the family photographs which are viewed intently by Sabrina's son Maxwell and his younger sister in the other image of this diptych.
by Gavin Fernandes, photographer - www.gavinfernandes.com