THIS MIRACLE

Bahia State, Brasil.  (2015 - )

This Miracle, is a personal exploration into the human landscape of Brasil’s Bahia State. It offers a small view of a complex place where people struggle daily to survive and are sustained by core family values, religious practices, and the unifying, ephemeral spirituality of saudade - an ache for something long gone or yet to come. The glimpses of joy I witnessed there contrasted sharply with the stark sense of abandonment I perceived lurking just beneath the surface. This pervasive mood of sadness at having been forgotten draws me into a paradoxical feeling of coming home, despite being a stranger. It is a mirror in which I am reflected.

The work is a montage of related images that, together, look at the mysteries of life; in an immeasurable way it unveils the common threads that bind us as individuals - memories, connection, family, home, and longing.

I search for connection and photograph what touches me. This Miracle represents my understanding of this evocative and poignant place - of what is, as well as what seems, there