Praia do Castelejo, Portugal, 1995

1995 – Rocks that have been colored green from algae at the Praia do Castelejo at the west coast of Algarve in Portugal. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

When re-visiting Portugal’s Algarve region in 1995 I explored the region using slide film. On earlier trips I had used negative films. This slide shows the beach of Castelejo (Praia do Casteljo) at the west coast near Vila do Bispo, Sagres, and Cabo de São Vicente, the souther-western end of the European continent.

Here, at the Portugese west coast, the waves of the Atlantic Ocean hit the unprotected cliffs relentlessly and with venegance, and the rocks – over time – lose this battle every time. Consequently, the cliffs and beaches keep changing.

For this photo I walked between the rocks that had been colored green from the algae. The combination of wide angle and saturated colors resulted in a surreal image, almost like looking at a continent from high above the surface.

The high resolution image

Capture Date1995
LocationAlgarve, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6540 x 4311 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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