Vestiges

"Vestiges” is the result of an intense investigation into two distinct and overlapping realms: on one hand, the exploration of mysterious, forgotten and abandoned places; on the other hand, an internal immersion into a condition of melancholy and sorrow. I have always been irresistibly drawn to these non-sites, liminal places that look like ruins frozen in time. I decided to depict the details, the ordinary and banal elements, and the strange compositions that I found upon entering these derelict properties. What I found, however, was more than this. I was confronted with the eternal decay of time that is impregnated in the inanimate objects that have been left behind like unwanted reminders of a distant time, of another life. Furthermore, I realized that I was trying to capture more than the decline of a house, of a room, of a thing – this series is an attempt to capture a state of suspension, a melancholic atmosphere in which time stops and the present fades away. 

Some of the photographs in the series reveal found scenarios, uncanny situations unaltered by me, others transpire my interest in interstices, slivers of light, narrow points of view. When brought together, they compose a portrait of the solitude of all the songs that you can't hear, all the colors you can't see, and all the words you can't pronounce, embodying solitude and emptiness.

Ana Leal (b. 1969, Brazil) is a photographer based in São Paulo, Brazil. She completed her Master of Fine Arts at Miami International University of Arts and Design (2018), and her Bachelor of Arts in photography from the Pan American School of Arts in São Paulo (2013).

Leal is the recipient of the Latin America Fotografia 7 Award as well as the 15th Julia Margaret Cameron Award. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and Brazil.