The ambition for a life far removed from the economic hardship of subsistence agriculture in the central part of Portugal has caused a rural exodus that's been going on for 50 years. The landscape faces abandonment while its last inhabitants struggle to keep the region's collective memory alive.
A road leading down the valley of Foz de Alge.
Portrait of José Henrique, 51, farmer.
A flock of birds flying over the village of Rabaçal.
Portrait of Maria da Silva, 93, in her house.
The ruin of a fire-ravaged traditional house on a hill.
Portrait of Gerardo Rodrigues Gonçalves, 86 and his son, José Gonçalves, 56, outside of their house.
A scarecrow in a vineyard.
Portrait of Simões Armindo, 80 taken in the ruins of the olive mill he ran for 40 years.
Ruins of houses in Aldeia do Vale.
Portrait of Maria da Piedade, 90 and her daughter, Maria Olaia Dias, 61, in the shed where they keep their sheep.
The remains of a bonfire.
Portrait of Maria Ferreira, 81, in the living room of her house.
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