sau·da·de /souˈdädə /noun
A feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament.
Saudade is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return.
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Who am I?
My name is Afonso Salcedo.
Even though I was born in San Francisco, I grew up in Porto, Portugal, where I learned most of everything I needed to learn about saudade, about connection, about community, and about photography.
I've always had a camera with me since I was a little kid, either photographing everyone around me or filming everything as well. It drove everyone insane, of course, but it also drove me to many years later to work in films such as Harry Potter 3, Wall-E, Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and many others.
Lately, my passion for storytelling has been driving me to do more community focused projects.
I've seen the city go through tremendous change over the years, and as an artist in San Francisco I feel first-hand the enormous pressure of making enough money to pay bills, afford healthcare, and live a regular balanced life.
Even though I have been in the same San Francisco apartment for over 9 years now, as a photographer I have become more and more curious about trying to capture the people that make this community of ours: people of all ages, races, and backgrounds.
What is home? What are struggles? What are passions? How is life?
This is hopefully an on-going series, but since I live in the Haight-Ashbury district, I thought I might as well start with "Saudade of... Haight" first.
So what do you say? Want to participate in this?
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How does this work?
I am looking for neighbors who live in the Haight-Ashbury, who would be interested in allowing me to photograph a portrait of them at their homes.
The way I'd love to approach this involves:
1. Meet up over coffee to just introduce each other, and share a little bit more about our lives.
2. Schedule a portrait session at the person's home.
3. Portrait session could take about an hour.
4. Photos are taken on the spot, without backdrops or styling. I bring a strobe or two and my camera, but that's it. Most of the photos will be natural light as much as possible. The effect is to be raw, honest, and genuine, so I want to approach this as much as documentary-style as possible.
5. Your photo and story will be published on this website as part of a new blog series. You have final authorization of everything written and displayed, before it gets published.
6. If you are interested in your photograph posted, you can receive the edited digital file for free.
And finally, if you like the overall experience and the photograph at the end, you can help support local artists by donating any amount you feel inclined to, or by recommending my work to your friends and businesses.
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