N269, Silves, Algarve, Portugal, 1988

1988 – A white Mercedes-Benz 200D has been parked next to the N269 near Silves, Portugal. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com


The story behind the image

The town of Silves is situated about 15 km off the coast of Portugal’s most southern region, the Algarve. It has several historic attractions, most 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 up here.

This photo shows our approach on that day via the N269. I wanted to capture our trusted car, a white Mercedes-Benz 200D with a number plate from Kiel in Northern Germany as a proof that we really made it to Portugal! Maybe I also sensed that this road would not stay like this forever?

And indeed, a look at recent images shows that the road has been slightly widened and has received a more solid surface. And Silves itself seems to have grown over the past 35 years.


The high resolution image

Capture Date1988
LocationN269, near Silves, 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 Dimensions3174 x 4527 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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