Saudade III

I am reopening an old project which I had no time to finish last year. Saudade still interests me for many reasons – linguistic, sociological, historical and not the least – personal. Saudade is so far the best word to explain the way I felt after I left my favourite place and my home for 7 years – I often think of my life there and sometimes secretly wish that I can go back and be this previous version of me again.

For those who don’t know what saudade is, here is possibly the nearest description by Aubry Bell (1912):

a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness

Even after 10 years living at a different place in a different part of the world, I am still giving into this ‘dreaming wistfulness’ and my new word falls apart for a moment and I stop being who I am.

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Saudade (re:)

I am reopening an old project which I had no time to finish last year. Saudade still interests me for many reasons – linguistic, sociological, historical and not the least – personal. Saudade is so far the best word to explain the way I felt after I left my favourite place and my home for 7 years – I often think of my life there and sometimes secretly wish that I can go back and be this previous version of me again.

For those who don’t know what saudade is, here is possibly the nearest description by Aubry Bell (1912):

a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness

Even after 10 years living at a different place in a different part of the world, I am still giving into this ‘dreaming wistfulness’ and my new word falls apart for a moment and I stop being who I am.

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Saudade I

Tulips II

Part two of the experiment with the tulips. I did not want to loose the flowers – tulips are my favourite and this bunch was my Valentine’s Day flowers…

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Off-camera flash 

In this impromptu photo session, I used an off-camera flash with a standard soft box. We took all pictures at home, just before dinner in a very small area, using a black pop up background.


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