Praia de Alvor, Portugal, 1988

1988 – View towards west along the long beach of Alvor in Portugal in the late afternoon of a sunny summer day. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Here is another shot of Praia de Alvor as it presented itself to us in 1988: towards the west, it’s one giant beautiful beach with some natural dunes that protect the village and lagoon from the forces of the Atlantic Ocean. At the end of a long day at the beach, just a single couple walks along the waterline.

In general, the beach looks very similar today. The community has added solid boardwalks that guide visitors over the dunes to protect the senstive environment, but that’s it.

I personally like the idea that there are beautiful spots that do not change significantly over a period of more than three decades. (The Alvor Lagoon is a different matter. It has changed significantly, and not for the good.) Lovely.

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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