Lara Jacinto is a freelance photographer who lives and works in Porto. Graduated in Design, she studied photography at Portuguese Institute of Photography. She works as an independent photographer, focused in documentary projects. Her projects address contemporary subjects, often focusing on social and territorial matters. Her latest works expose issues such as borders and emigration. Since 2011, Lara has developed reportages regularly for the most important portuguese newspapers and magazines, such as Público or Expresso, but also for the international press. At the same time she is also involved in individual and collective projects, such as The Thin Line Project, or Encyclopedie-des-migrants. Her work is often exposed and published. In 2014 she with another three photographers founded COLECTIVO. A collective dedicated to documentary photography projects.
VSCO Artist Initiative Grant, 2015
1st Prize Novo Talento FNAC Fotografia, Portugal (2011)
Winner Jovens Criadores in Photography, Portugal (2010)
Blur aims to apprehend and relay the complexity of everyday life in the countries surrounding the Adriatic – a region that throughout history has undergone pronounced changes, with a belligerent distant past that encompasses the world wars in the twentieth century and the latest war in Europe.
The colour of your hair faded
The colour of your hair faded is a work that aims to reflect on the passing of time and on the influence that passing of time has in our perception of what we make of our surroundings. The intimacy with ourselves and those who we share our lives with numbs us and addicts our view. We stop noticing the transformation and the mutation of things.
The images are about the universe of two persons who awaken to the fact that everything has changed. They appear vulnerable. They analyze their existence as individuals and
as a couple. They notice a lack of strength and fading. They search for bits of what they were and try to match them to the reality that stands before them.
The expression of the images reveals discomfort and awkwardness but also calmness. There is no irreparable pain nor radical sadness. They recognise that what always existed for them has changed and will continue changing in a process of irreversible transformation.
Located in the inner north of Portugal, Trás-os-Montes region has been forgotten and neglected for a long time and is currently one of the poorest regions of the country.
Its landscape is marked by the abandonment of the lands, villages and factories, ruins which evoke memories of better times, job opportunities, more people and children.
The economical crisis sweeping the country aggravated long term problems subsisting in this territory, such as the destruction of railroads and insufficient access to healthcare and education, thus driving the population into increasingly fragile conditions. Life here seems overshadowed by loneliness, apathy, emptiness, hopelessness anduncertainty regarding the future.
When confronted with the difficulties of the hard rural life, most young people dream about leaving the region and country. Those who stay, face the monotony and days that repeat themselves over and over again.