Moving Portraits of Lonely, Isolated Villagers

Ricardo Ramos captured these remarkable images from barely-inhabited villages of Portugal.

When photographer Ricardo Ramos ventured to the region of Trás-os-Montes (English translation: “behind the mountains”) in Portugal, he discovered an area where villages can have less than 10 inhabitants — and some have only one. He photographed these isolated, mostly elderly souls, many of them living alone in homes untouched by decades of technology, and captured in those images moments of both solitude and joy. We’re pleased to share some of those photos here; check out more of Ramos’ work via Instagram and Facebook.

(Gracinda, by Ricardo Ramos)