What is Saudade?

What is Saudade?

Saudade, untranslatable Portuguese term refers to the melancholic longing or yearning. A recurring theme in Portuguese and Brazilian literature, saudade evokes a sense of loneliness and incompleteness.

Saudade was once described as “the love that remains” after someone  or something is gone. Saudade is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places, or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again.

The Dicionário Houaiss da Língua Portuguesa defines saudade (or saudades) as “A somewhat melancholic feeling of incompleteness. It is related to thinking back on situations of privation due to the absence of someone or something, to move away from a place or thing, or to the absence of a set of particular and desirable experiences and pleasures once lived.”

According to one theory, the term Saudade was invented by portuguese sea men who while at sea missed their home and loved ones, and once at home missed the sea.

For me Saudade means the longing and loving of the places and times I’ve lived and spent in different places, home and abroad; the combination of time, place and people which can never exist the same way again. Melancolic yet sweet memories of certain moments of life. Photography for me is documenting these moments, alleviating my saudade.

I hope you enjoy it!

With love,

Sini