Portugal on Film: 35mm Photography
When the Hubby and I went on our most recent road trip in the summer, we flew into Paris, hired a car and then drove down the Atlantic coast. The trip included France, Spain and Portugal in a round trip and the point was to visit places we hadn’t been before. Neither of us had been to Portugal so we aimed for seeing Porto, Gaia and Lisbon and they didn’t disappoint. I had always wanted to go to Portugal and it amazed me how incredibly different it is from Spain, even though it’s surround on 3 sides.
The food, the gorgeous scenery, the people. I loved everything about Portugal and the fact that not a single person blinked twice at our dog Bentley was fantastic. If they did pay him any interest it was to lavish him with affection. It was simply amazing and the fact that we could bring him with us on a Tuk Tuk tour of all three cities made me love Portugal even more.
If you’ve ever wondered where the drink Port gets it’s name from, it’s from right here in Porto… or… more accurately… in Gaia. The two cities are separated by the Doumo River and back in the day all the Port was produced in Gaia, but sold from Porto (which means Port) and brought across in old wooden boats that carried the barrels out to sea and on their way around Europe. If you want to enjoy some Port or visit some Port wineries, then you’ll actually do this in Gaia, which also has the best view out over to Porto. But if you want an amazing meal and some city sightseeing, fantastic museums and lush parks, then across the river in Porto is where you need to be. Thankfully, getting to either side is a short walk across the bridge or taken an even quicker Tuk Tuk ride.
As with the other legs of this trip, I photographed all of it with my Canon EOS 1v, a professional 35mm film camera and left the digital camera at home. I had about 4 types of films, two of which are black and white Ilford and the other two Kodak Portra 400 and Fujifilm Pro 400H. All of the images below are actually shot using the Kodak Portra 400, which I think is probably one of my favourite colour films around and readily available. Sometimes it was hard to find some film in places like Porto but Lisbon had an amazing little camera store which had 5 roles of the Portra 400 left.
Black and white film was readily available in most Fuji stores and Pnac stores throughout Portugal and Spain and I also used a red filter, but those image I’ll show separately in a future blog post. If you’d like to see France and Spain on film you can click HERE FOR FRANCE and HERE FOR SPAIN.