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"Youngsters these days are getting an education and moving to the big city. They are not interested in fishing or mending nets. But that's progress. We do have the local cultural centres that keep some things going. I am of the very last ones alive doing this" says Sr Pedro. Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast
(A local woman in traditional everyday attire on a morning walk by the beach) Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast
" I'm heading to the market, the earlier the better. But I always stop here before I go to look at the sea" Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast Visual Creativity
"I have been doing this since I was a young girl. Nowadays all the young people are going to the city." Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast Feel The Journey This Is Aging
Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast
"Youngsters these days are getting an education and moving to the big city. They are not interested in fishing or mending nets. But that's progress. We do have the local cultural centres that keep some things going. I am of the very last ones alive doing this" says Sr Pedro. Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast
(local men soaking the sun and engaging in lively conversation) Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast Visual Creativity
(a widow sits at her doorstep list in thought probably reminiscing about long lost loved ones. Local widows tipically wear black many for the rest of their lives and the vast majority have lost loved ones at sea) Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast Feel The Journey
" Come darling, take as many photos as you want...it's a lot of work but it has to be done...(breaks into song as she works)" Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast
(Early morning silence, a widow sits outside by the beach) Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast Feel The Journey
(Awaiting a friend) Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast
"Youngsters these days are getting an education and moving to the big city. They are not interested in fishing or mending nets. But that's progress. We do have the local cultural centres that keep some things going. I am of the very last ones alive doing this" says Sr Pedro. Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast
Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast
(the front of a traditional fishing boat, "candil" or "barco do candil") Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast
(Traditional "candil" boat) b. Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast
(three traditional "candil" boats) Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast
( "Bola Nivea" is a a local landmark that has sat in this spot at the beach for decades and is a popular meeting point for everyone, including the local street dogs!) Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast
(A serene scene at the beach as the weather turns fair and the sea turns calm) Situated in the Portuguese Silver Coast, Nazare is a small fishing village in Portugal. Long an inspiration for many photographers and cinematographers, including a young Stanley Kubrik, Nazare has a very unique local culture intrinsically connected with the oceans with a long and rich sea tradition, embedded in local folklore. The Woman of Nazare ( Nazarena) for example, is the column that holds the community together and has been immortalised in monuments locally. When the men were at sea for months on end, the Woman of Nazare took care of family, business (usually selling fish and other sea produce) and everything else on land. This is even reflected in traditional attire. The "7 skirts" (Sete Saias) for example, were in fact mostly work or utility aprons and shawls, exquisitely decorated and usually made by hand. When the men were returning from the sea with the catch, usually at night, the women would then be waiting on the beach and the aprons would turn to shawls becoming protective layers that they would wrap themselves with gradually as the cold set it. The sea was both the source of sustenance as well as of a lot of sorrow. Many women had lost husbands, sons and brothers at sea and many would trade in the colourful attire for black in mourning, a trait that it is still observed today. Some women continued their mourning to the end of their lives. Over the years, the fishing industry started to decline as both overfishing and the lack of interest of the younger generations in it, impacted local economy.. Nazare then turned to tourism as the main source of business, particularly in the Summer, season in which it is common for the locals to rent property to tourists over the summer (although nowadays, tourism is all year round, as Nazare became one of the best surfing destinations in the world, brought to world attention by surfer Garrett McNamara for it’s 100ft waves at North Canyon, the deepest underwater canyon in Europe). While fishing is still part of the local economy, over the years the impact of overfishing in particular, has made it secondary to other local industries. Currently, sardines for example, a staple of not only the local diet but also the national diet, have been interdicted and are hard to find in the market. There has been a ban imposed in the fishing of the species, although local fishermen debate this and the quotas imposed by the EU. Other aspects of the local culture that have been affected by the decline of the fishing industry and the lack of interest of the younger generations, are certain local traditions and art forms. “Arte Xavega” is both a method of artisan fishing and the art of making, mending nets, involving as well a particular type of boat “barco do candil” a flat bottomed, long tipped boat. Some of these activities and cultural artifacts can still be seen at the beach, with the net making and mending being made and often sold as small souvenirs to tourists. Nowadays, many of the local traditions are relegated to tourism shows and celebrated in local festivities, but despite the decline, Nazare still has a strong cultural identity in the country and locals can still be seen wearing local traditional attire and engaging in traditional games or activities. Ecossystem Fishing Fishing Village Local Culture Local Econom Local People Nazaré  People Of The Oceans Portugal SIlver Coast Original Experiences Feel The Journey Fine Art Photography Perspectives On Nature Visual Creativity