Jardim da Praça do Império, Lisbon, Portugal

1988 – The western pond of the Jardim da Praça do Império, Lisbon, Portugal. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com


The story behind the image

Many posts of my blog discuss the development of places I have visited and how they have changed (or not) over longer periods. In Portugal I took my first serious steps as a photographer, and therefor I have a good archive of photos. While the negatives from the 1987 trip have been lost, the negatives from the 1988 trip are still in good condition.

This photo shows the western pond of the two rectangle ponds at the Jardim da Praça do Império in Lisbon. Again, this invites for discovering the changes over a span of three decades. The Museu de Arte Popular on the left was already present (which is no surprise, as it was inaugurated in 1948.) But the wide space behind the monument with the two horses was free. This has changed substantially as today there’s the Centro Cultural de Belém, a large modern building that often shows colorful flags that wave behind the horses.

As most of the times, I have to say that I prefer the 1988 situation as nothing distracts from the clear geometry of the pond which supports the monument at the end.

But yeah, that’s the way it is. The ‘old times’ won’t return, and I am more than happy to have experienced them in person.


The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1988
LocationLisbon, 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 Dimensions6413 x 4275 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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