Portugal, 1988

1988 – A waste incineration in the dunes of the Portuguese west coast, near Setubal. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

This morning I shared with you a photo showing the awesome beach Praia da Malha da Costa south of Setubal. Earlier that day we had passed a stretch in the dunes where we noticed heavy smoke. We stopped our car to see whether there is a fire in the dunes that may require the action of the local fire brigade.

To our utter surprise we saw – a waste incineration. Heaps of waste had been set to fire to get rid of it. Close to the dunes. We felt this was not the right way to get rid of waste. However, since the laws for environment protection were not as strict as they are today, 34 years later, and we were in Portugal (where we assumed the laws to be even less strict) we assumed that this would be a legal dump. The presence of a car also indicated that everything was under control.

We shrugged and continued our drive towards Setubal and, ultimately, Lisbon.

And yes, I think it is safe to assume that they have stopped this practice long ago. Which is good.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1988
LocationNear Setubal, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceNegative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions7216 x 4716 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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