Praia da Malha da Costa, Portugal, 1988

1988 – View towards south, from Praia da Malha da Costa near Setubal, Portugal. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The end of our awesome six-week trip to Portugal was coming closer, inevitably. By now we had spent three-and-a-half weeks at the Algarve region, and now we were slowly returning to Northern Germany. But we had some exciting stops planned for Lisbon, Bordeaux, and Paris.

Now we were on our way to Lisbon. We drove along the west coast of Portugal – an almost endless beach. However, we had seen the most beautiful beaches of Portugal in the Algrave region, and so we were tired of beautiful beaches, as strange as this may sound to you. We stopped now and then to admire the Atlantic Ocean, for example, this beach, Praia da Malha da Costa on the peninsula opposite of Setubal. Back in 1988, it failed to excite us, and we drove on after the photo.

I like the image, though: a single person on an endless untouched beach under a clear blue sky. That looks awesome, even today, 34 years after I captured the scene. It gets me excited and I would love to be there right now.

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, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6625 x 2664 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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