The 'Saudade' Photo Series Captures Youthfully Melancholic Reflections

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Oct 20, 2014
References: amikoli & featureshoot
Saudade is a highly poignant photo series, captured by Chicago-based Chinese photographer Amiko Wanjia Li, that aims to capture the delicate stage of life in which one begins to transition from youth to adulthood. The project was borne out of the photographer's long-held fascination with sorrow, fragility, nostalgia and melancholy.

All of the images in the Saudade series have a distinct psychological undercurrent. The word 'Saudade' itself is a Portuguese or Galician word that has no direct English translation. It refers to a deep melancholic longing for some absent person, object or experience, and the repressed knowledge that the object of one's longing is never going to return.

Ultimately, the series is extremely profound even if it is somewhat unsettling.