Silves, Algarve, Portugal, 1995

1995 – The almost dry river Arade flows through the town of Silves in Portugal. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The town of Silves is situated in Portugal’s most southern region, the Algarve which is best known as a destination for a beach vacation. However, unlike most towns Silves is not located at the coast but some 15 km away in the hills. It has several historic attractions, importantly the Castelo de Silves, a spectacular fortress dating back to the 12th and 13th century.

I have very fond memories of Silves, as during my 1988 trip to Portugal I shot some remarkable portraits of my girlfriend during an extremely hot day at the coast. In Silves it was still hot (but bearable), so we experienced it to be almost refreshing.

This photo shows the historic Ponte Romana (“Roman Bridge”) that crosses the Arade river that flows through the town. Well, when we were visiting the town, the river was very small and almost dry. But the boats in the picture suggest that the river does carry a lot of water at times.

The high resolution image

Capture Date1995
LocationSilves, Algarve, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 28mm f/2.8
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6561 x 4295 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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