Photographer + Designer Ingrid Emaga On The Feeling Of Film Photography + Quarantine Self-Portraits

I’ve been completely enamored with Ingrid Emaga’s photography for awhile now. Her unique style of film photography has an almost haunting quality to its beauty. While many photographers are caught up in the digital age, Ingrid sticks with her love of film and an appreciation of the classic quality the process brings. I’ve been especially taken by her series of quarantine self-portraits, my favorite of which you can purchase through her Etsy shop. I got a chance to interview Ingrid on life in Barcelona, her creative inspiration and her favorite vegan must-haves.

Self Portrait

Can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

I am Ingrid Emaga Mba, a photographer living in Spain. 

We are in love with your photography. How would you describe your style?

I would describe the style as powerful and beautiful. 

You shoot mostly with film, correct? What do you love about film photography versus digital?

Yes, I like to use analog because I have to wait to see the result. It gives me that old feeling, the sound of the camera. 

“Electric Voodoo” shot on CanonT70 with Kodak Gold 200

Mask by Ingrid Emaga

What does a typical day look like for you?

I usually have a nice breakfast before working on my new project. I’m currently making an African mask. That is followed by a big lunch, and if I have time, I go to skate. Then I work a little bit more.

shot on CanonT70

Where do you turn to when you need to boost your creative energy?

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Nature. I live near the forest now, and nature helps a lot. Also, good music.

Who are some of your biggest creative inspirations?

Malik Sidibé. He’s a great photographer from Mali. See some of his work here.

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Can you tell us more about your design work?

I’m currently working on hats (beanies) right now, using wax fabrics. 

You’re vegan. What do you always have in your fridge?

Avocados, spinach, artichokes, milk rice…

Do you have a favorite recipe?

Yes, eggplants with peanut sauce, rice, banana and yuca…my vegan version of a typical dish from Guinea Ecuatorial.

shot on CanonT70

How do you unwind after a long day?

With good music!

“Sisterhood” Electric Voodoo shot on CanonT70 with Kodak Portrait 400

What is on your bedside table?

Right now, roses and my earrings.

What are your all-time favorite must-read books?

It by Stephen King and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Self Portrait

How about music or podcasts? What are you listening to?

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Some favorites: Masego, Lianne La Havas, Nikki Hill, Janelle Monae.

How would you spend a whole free day to yourself?

Go to the spa and get a great massage. Then go to my favorite restaurant, Teresa Carles, and then go skate. 

“Electric Village” shot on CanonT70 with Kodak 400

Are there any causes or movements that you’re particularly passionate about? 

Racial injustice, feminism and veganism.

What is next for you? Any exciting projects coming up?

I’m currently working on an African mask made out of plants!

Favorite quote? 

If you cut your chains, you free yourself.

If you cut your roots, you die. – African Proverb

Thank you, Ingrid! Connect with Ingrid on Instagram

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram