photos by rudi navarro.
My name is Sara, I'm 27 years old and I'm a visual artist from Portugal. All my life I tried to understand the world through art and I always imagined I would became an artist of some sort. I knew I had things to say, but I didn't know how to say them. I hated writing - still do - and I didn't have a particular talent to pursue an artistic path in school. It's funny 'cause all my favorite artists were paintors, musicians, writers, film directors... But I never payed much attention to photography. Never had a favorite photographer growing up. Never even thought of photography as an art, really. When I was 18, I was studying journalism in university - don't ask me why - and hating it. Sometime along that journey, I began really enjoying taking pictures with my cellphone. A few months later I was buying a film camera and in my final year of college my parents gave me my first dslr - which to this day remains the best gift someone ever got me. At 21, with a college degree, I was feeling excruciatingly lost in a world where I didn't fit in and thought it would be a good idea to spend all my savings in a photography course. Around this time, I already loved photography, but I still didn't think of it as an art. I didn't have much knowledge and I wasn't sure if I really wanted to be a photographer. On my first real week of classes, I had history, composition and film photography and they all blew me away. I was stoked to be in school again and felt like a kid who's learning about the world for the first time. I had one teacher tell me about the work of Francesca Woodman and all of a sudden I had a new favorite artist. 12 year old Sara was smiling pretty big. I had finally found a voice. 
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