Photo Diary: Life Through Synthia Bahati’s Lens

Tāmaki Makaurau

— March 13, 2020 —

In today’s episode of Cool People You Should Know About, we’re getting to know Synthia Bahati, an Auckland-based photographer with a special knack for capturing intimate moments among her nearest and dearest. 

We asked the true talent to show us the world through her lens, and she came back with a photo diary that will enrich your life in all kinds of ways. Renew your appreciation for the killer combo that is beers and nature, feel inspired by cute mates having fun together, and learn all about the most underrated pizza sauce in the gallery above. Then, get to know Synthia better below. <3. 

Can you give us the Synthia elevator pitch?

Me: *Awkwardly smiles with camera in hand*.
Stranger: You take photos?
Me: Um yeh…*Nervous laughs*. I post them on Instagram if you wanna see?
Stranger: Oh, yeah. What is it?
Me: Here. *Gets out at the next level to avoid further conversation*. 
The best thing about living in Auckland?
The best thing about living in Auckland, for me, is my family, friends and the Africans here that I know. Corny AF, but it’s the truth. 
And the most challenging thing?
The most challenging thing would be establishing myself as a creative. Also, Auckland transport.

Where would you take someone visiting for the first time?
The beach. Karekare, Phia or Bethells/Lake Wainamu. I love water, trees, all of that—there is something so calming and peaceful about it. If it was a Friday or a Saturday night, I’d probably take them on a night out in the CBD with my mates. 
If Auckland were a YouTube video:
If Auckland were a colour:
Blue in the summer. Grey in the winter. But tbh the weather is always switching up, so you could get both in one day with a sprinkle of rain.
If Auckland were a song:
I feel like the regular answer would be Sons of Zion’s ‘Drift Away’ or  something like that. But, I’m gonna say Skepta & Wizkid’s ‘Energy (Stay Far Away)’. I’d be most likely listening to something like that or some R&B.  

Feature: Madeleine Woon     Photos: Synthia Bahati



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