Saudade, 2014

Artist Statement


“Saudade” is the organizing theme for this work.  It is a unique Portuguese word that has no immediate translation in English. A taxi driver introduced me to this concept as I made the 4-hour journey between Jericoacoara and São Luís in northeast Brazil. Roughly stated, it refers to a longing, a melancholy, a desire for what was or what could be – a desire to be someplace anywhere but the present.

“The famous Saudade of the Portuguese is a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming of wistfulness. ~ In Portugal of 1912, A. F. G. Bel

My photography is discovery-driven and, like many photographers, I have an intense curiosity about the world around me. In this instance, I am photographing the landscape as a sort of dream state, where we float above and wander through its geology with no prescribed destination.

I see each image as a specific essay on place, a survey of terrestrial phenomenon and the traces we as humans leave behind.  From the piles of sand infused with sacred significance to the ancient hillsides meticulously terraced from valley to peak, they seem to simply ask, “How do you, as human beings, experience the earth?”

Artist Biography

David Burdeny’s Masters in Architecture and Interior Design background combined with his upbringing in the vast Canadian prairies provides the template for his keen technical ability, enduring patience and minimalist aesthetic enabling him to shoot on site, documenting sky, horizon and the marks humankind leaves behind. Vancouver, BC based, Burdeny has exhibited with the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery since 2001, showcasing his images from the world over, including Antarctica, Iceland, Brazil, China, Burma, Cambodia, France, Italy, Canada and the USA. In 2012 the Ancora Series of 2010 was exhibited at the Centre for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA, Curated by Richard Gadd. Burdeny has won several gold awards in international art photography competitions, most significantly receiving International Photographer of the Year in the Nature category for Canada, revealed at the Lucie Awards Ceremony in New York City, October 2008. Shorelines sold out in both the limited collector edition and trade publication. Burdeny’s work has been included in corporate and private collections. He currently has 8 limited edition photographic series offered and is art is presented at international art fairs yearly.


59 x 73.5 inches image size, Edition of 5, 2 Artist Proofs Price Tier (unframed)
1: $11,500.00
2-5: price upon request

44 x 55 inches image size, Edition of 10, 2 Artist Proofs Price Tier (regular framed / aluminum mount prices)
1-2: $6,200.00
3-4: $7,200.00
5-6: $8,200.00
7: $9,200.00
8-10: price upon request

32 x 40 inches image size, Edition of 7, 2 Artist Proofs Price Tier (regular framed / aluminum mount prices)
1-2: $4,900.00
3-4: $5,900.00
5: $6,500.00
6: $7,500.00
7: $8,500.00

21 x 26 inches image size, Edition of 7, 2 Artist Proofs Price Tier (regular framed / aluminum mount prices)
1-2: $2,300.00
3-4: $2,800.00
5-6: $3,300.00
7: $3,800.00

Prints are mounted on acid free 3/16″ rigid polystyrene board with acid free cold mount adhesive. Signature, title, date au verso

Aluminum mount:
Prints are mounted on .080 gauge aluminum with acid free cold mount adhesive. Print face is protected with UV laminate. Aluminum wall cleats, signature, title, date au verso.

Plexi Trans-Mount:
French cleat signature, title, date au verso

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