When she was born, the doctors thought she was blind, a complication from an illness during pregnancy. It seems an unlikely aspiration to be a photographer given her beginnings. It was the beauty in every fractured detail that first brought the camera to her eye as she always had an unshakeable sense of wonder with the world. How the light falls and changes, the burst of colour in marketplaces and the paint on decaying homes.
Lara is heading to Nepal for many reasons. What she finds most fascinating about Nepal is that the Nepalese people are so beautiful, so much so, they call Nepal “The land of smiles”. But the history of Nepal is also dotted with conflict, human trafficking and civil war. On her trip, she will be going to the cities and the remote villages in the mountains, where she will be stopping to chat to the locals. As a photographer, she will be documenting her journey with photographs and with Portrait Equality; she will give the local people something for their families to cherish.
A new journey began and with each new place she photographs, a static hum resonates under her skin. The philosophy underlying her photography is the deconstruction of foreign landscape, the poverty, the clothing—to reveal we are all connected on a very human level; from the Berbers in the Sahara to kids in the Favelas to the villagers in Nepal. Thus she is drawn to photographing the unguarded moment, the universal recognition of joy, sadness, hope, disappointment or humility. Her photography is merely her attempt to capture the human elements, the threads she sees that connect us all to the very fabric of this world.