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Rows of tents at Nazaré during the summer season

Lone kiteboarder silhouetted by evening sunlight

Feeding pigeons in Tomar square

Man stands amongst the smoke of roasting chestnuts, National Horse Fair, Golegã

An expansive beach typical of Portugal’s coastline

Sun breaks through clouds off the Silver Coast

Sunset over the scorched plains of southern Alentejo

A widow walking down the street

Food stall at the annual medieval festival in Óbidos

Dramatic storm clouds head for Peniche

Cooperative worker on the salt pans at Rio Maior

Three men sitting at a bus stop in the small parish of Usseira

Tracks meander across the dramatic scenery of Peneda-Gerês National Park

Fisherman wades back to shore after mooring his boat

Lake fishing in the early morning, Pedrógão Grande

A man sleeps in Lisbon

Looking out to sea on a warm afternoon on the Silver Coast

The rustic charm of a street on a road to Coruche

Harvesting grapes on a small vineyard in Gracieira

Just after sunrise, Óbidos lagoon

Morning cloud cover over mountains near Ponta Delgada on the Azores

Cliffs at Praia del Rey, Silver Coast

A stretch of rugged coastline between Peniche and Nazaré

Sea mist across a beach just north of Santa Cruz

Big waves and spray, Salgado beach

Fishing boats tied to their mooring posts, Óbidos lagoon

Occupant of a beach tent at Foz do Arelho

Story: From the small town of Mértola in the south to Ponte da Barca in the north, I found a country that was a beguiling mixture of rustic charm and historic splendour, with increasing flourishes of modernity. I have sought to show a side of Portugal whose values and way of life seem similar with my own. From market traders and fishermen to pilgrims to gypsies, I was drawn to those whose lives seem somewhat distant from the glare of the fast changing modern world, and who form the underbelly of a country where much is changing. I found these people to be polite and warm-hearted, often leading a traditional way of life, usually guided by religious beliefs and principles.

They live and thrive in a diverse landscape; from the open plains of southern Alentejo to the more mountainous north. Along the west coast the terrain is wild and rugged, with glorious – often empty – beaches, and majestic cliffs that have been sculpted by the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean. To the east lies an interior of mountains and broad river valleys.

Portugal is a lush, fertile land of agriculture, abundant with fruit and olive groves, wild vegetation, vineyards, and forests of eucalyptus and cork trees, which extend well beyond the horizon. Throughout my travels imposing castles and impressive monasteries appeared regularly, as did the quiet villages, often, it seemed, devoid of inhabitants – and when people were to be found they would often be sitting in a café passing the time of day.

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