“From the Shadow, to the light

I see you

Your colourful soul, your beauty

And your uniqueness

During my first years in Adelaide – South Australia, I faced the challenge of living in a new country. The cultural differences and the difficulty of expressing myself in a second language made me feel that people couldn’t see who I really was. Looking around, I saw other people feeling the same, each one with their reasons and also with a hidden wish to be seen.

In this scenario, the “I see you” project came to light and gave me the privilege of unveiling the incredible human beings I saw in front of me. Showing that in the shadows of everyday challenges that make us ordinary, we have the brightness that makes us unique.

This experience gave a new route for my photography!

Beyond feeling blissful with the portraits, seeing the happiness in the faces of each person I photographed when they were looking at their portraits gave me the most rewarding feeling of accomplishment. Like I have every time that I remember what the sweet Mara told me:

"I will keep this photo on my bed table to remind me everyday who I am and how powerful I am"
Mara Fontainha

Award by Inspiration Photographers

Category: Best Collection Portrait 7/2022

Collection: Ana | I see you Session

Solo Exhibition

The “I see you” project started with Brazilians and spread to others cultures and locals in Adelaide. In October of 2019, the first portraits were exhibited at the Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia (MCCSA) with support from the Brazilian Association of South Australia (BASA) and the Fine Art Photography Association of South Australia.