For many fifteen year olds, worrying about the state of your country, and the future of its inhabitants, is (let’s be honest) probably not very high on their priority list. But for Portuguese Luis Carmo that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Instead of wiling away hours on a PlayStation, the young photographer, who won his first photography award while still in infant school, has documented the plight of a  local Algarve resident, in the hopes of furthering his dreams of making a career from his art.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS SUBJECT TO DOCUMENT?

I chose to document this subject because there are a number of people in the Algarve who are living in poverty with little chance of finding any work and with a future that does not hold much hope. I wanted to draw attention to their state.

HOW DID YOU GAIN ACCESS TO YOUR SUBJECT?

A few friends of mine knew him and thought he might make a good subject. They were aware of him man and the condition he was in and remarkably, he agreed to me documenting his condition.

WHAT ARE YOU FUTURE PLANS?

My aim for the future is to be a successful photographer and to have my work appreciated worldwide but I understand that I have much to learn about photography and life in general.

 

Link for Algarve Resident write up

 

More of Luis work here.

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