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.
The presented images are part of the work that was developed for the documental project 12.12.12, about the crisis in Portugal, in the year of 2012.