Alvor, Portugal, 1988 (I)

1988 – Small fishing boats rest at the lagoon near Alvor, Portugal in the late afternoon of a sunny summer day. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

As I’ve shown in previous blog posts already, Portugal has significantly changed over the past three decades. Here’s more evidence.

This late afternoon shot of the lagoon near Alvor shows small, traditional boats, typically used for fishing, as they rest on the ground of the lagoon during low tide. It’s a picture of peace and bautiful, (rather) unspoilt nature. Fast forward 30 years, and thanks to Google Streetview we see – a marina! The small boats have been replaced by sailing yachts, a sturdy curb, and a sales booth for boat excursions. Funnily enough, exactly ONE small fishing boat can be spotted on the right.

I am not accusing anyone of anything but, frankly, I liked the place much more as captured in my image. What do you think?

Streetview images show that the area has completely changed since summer 1988. This photo was taken from approximately the same location as the shot from 30 years ago. Photo taken September 2018. © 2022 Google Maps

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1988
LocationAlvor, 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 Dimensions6741 x 4480 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/


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