S a u d a d e

An internal longing, a passage that evokes our inner search.

A Photo Art Project / September, 2015

At Village Kotla Bhari, Ludhiana, Punjab
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There is an explorer inside every one of us who emerges at different times of life.

Evoking a feeling of internal longing, this photo series is based on an evolutionary poetic journey of our inner clown* who curiously seeks life beyond boundaries and believes that “one can find oneself  better in a contrary setting/surrounding.”

Sometimes, when we travel away from “self” and entangle in the outer affairs, we tend to forget or lose our inner essence, and this state emerges a desire within us to find our  “self” back. Over the time this longing becomes a passage that evokes our inner search, in whatever culture or environment we grow, we start discovering and understanding our inner longing, and slowly learn to evolve our being.

Self-evolution is an experiential process; struggling over unfathomable feeling, surpassing the illusory suspicions of mind, we move through other sides of life, connect to the whole and transform into a new state of being.

We meet people having diverse perspectives, culture and beliefs. We accept, reject and reflect on what we come across. We constantly measure ourselves and examine our learned perspective to bridge them with our innate qualities.

A deep melancholic longing of something absent, sporadically triggers our desire to meet a forgotten ‘being’ within.

In the search of our latent essence, many times we form, deform and transform.
& through these cyclic processes, the evolution continues…

 

* Tribalistic clown in the series is a symbolic (Metaphoric) creation of our inner being exploring “self” in a contrary external setting.

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‘We’
A Poetic Trail..

Saudade_short poem

Amidst the eternity,
we emerge somewhere and take wings.

Naive, curious, unaware,
we seek and inquire beyond.

In sequence and shambles
Along the time, against the flow,

We form, deform and transform.

 

Crawling through transient scape,
Sewing distinct perspectives,
We oscillate among extremes
and live many lives.

Real or virtual, In thoughts and actions
We react and reflect on what we come across.

Inwardly, outwardly,
we travel so far.

 

In the Light along the ephemeral shadows,
We measure ourselves constantly.

Over all escapades of mind, surpassing self-narrowed barriers,

We ascend and align ourselves with the flow.

 

Beyond all laws and mysterious logics,
We dream and follow our intuitions.

In abundance & in nothingness
We miss and catch the secrets.

It is so dramatic and surprising that most of it
is unknown, uncertain and unpredictable.

 

Reaping, unwinding and culminating all together,
We set the fire within us and leap into another sphere.

Where,
The surreal becomes real,
Conflicts concord,
Everything converges inside
& we diverge onto other dimensions of the existence.

 

Singing radiantly and dissolving everything together,
We live like oceans & love like skies.

We leave this world all sudden & keep whiling along the stars.

We
Dance,
Dissolve,
& Disappear.

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Model : Arun Bawa

Concept, Craft and Photography : Darshan Singh Grewal

Assisting Team : Jagmeet Singh Bhatti and Gurinder Singh Gill

Post Work : Subinoy Das

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Behind The Scenes

I have been making notes on how a melancholic yearning for something becomes a passage that evokes our internal search. It is a mixed emotion of pain and pleasure that propel us to introspect and live what we miss along the time.

Saudade came about as a culmination of my internal longing, learning and understanding as yet; depicting an emotion many of us feels at some phase of our lives.
~daras 

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