Cabo de Sao Vicente, Portugal (III)

1988 – The coast of the Atlantic Ocean, seen from the lighthouse at Cabo de Sao Vicente in Portugal on a sunny summer day. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Over the past couple of days I’ve posted images showing the lighthouse of Cabo de Sao Vicente in Portugal, which officially marks the most south-western point of the European continent.

To round off this mini-series, and just for documentary reasons, here’s a view towards North from the lighthouse. It’s been a sunny day and the cliffs vanished in a bit of mist in the distance. Still, you can clearly see the rugged coastline. If you compare this with recent images, you’ll notice that nothing (!) has changed at all. In 33 years. No tourist buildings, no cars, no fallen rocks. Day and night the waves clash against the coastline, yet there is no visible change. Sure, if we look closely, we might see minimal changes, but to the casual observer it’s really all the same. And this is the reason why this image is so interesting.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1988
LocationCabo de Sao Vicente, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceNegative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3362 x 2206 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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