Lara Jacinto is a photographer based in Porto, Portugal.
Graduated in Design, studied photography at Portuguese Institute of Photography.
She works as an independent photographer, focused in documentary projects. Since 2011, Lara has developed reportages for the most important portuguese newspapers and magazines, as Público, Expresso or Visão.
She Is also envolved in collective documental photography projects, like the recently published ProjectoTroika, about portuguese crisis.
VSCO Artist Initiative Grant, 2015
1st Prize Novo Talento FNAC Fotografia, Portugal (2011)
Winner Jovens Criadores in Photography, Portugal (2010)
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.
Common space, refers to a single universe divided by a border. The Minho river separates two territories which boil down to a single symbolic space, shared by Portuguese and Spanish citizens. Tagged and linked by a common identity, the space reflects and expresses a form of being own unique. Espaço comum is an affective construction that reflects on a close link that blurs borders.