A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
331: Fishing boats and nets
At Pentecost 1535, a Portuguese expedition landed at what is now called Vila Velha (‘Old City’). Hence the name Espírito Santo (‘Holy Spirit’) for the state. Vila Velha was the capital until 1551, when Vitória (‘Victory’: named because of the glorious victory over the original inhabitants) was declared the new capital. Today, the city hosts almost half a million inhabitants. Tourists mainly visit the Penha Convent, located on a high mountain, and the beaches along the city: Praia da Costa, Praia de Itapoã and Praia de Itaparica. Praia da Costa is flanked by a ribbon of high-rise buildings, and is illuminated in the evenings. This is a remarkable contrast to the simplicity of the fishing boats and the nets spread on the beach.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2011, 2017