Praia de São Rafael is a small beach in the Algarve. It has fine gold sand, crystal clear water, and is backed by golden limestone cliffs. On the beach itself there are many limestone rock formations which have been eroded over a long period of time to form interesting shapes many of which have names such as Ninho das Andorinhas or the Swallow’s Nest and Ponte Pequena or the Small Bridge.
On an almost perfect sunny day overlooking the beach from a nearby promontory, this small boy is alone with the incoming sea. Each fresh wave has wipes the beach clean of footprints leaving the boy perfectly placed between smooth sand and bubbling surf. This picture is all about texture, with he boy’s defiant pose and pin-sharp shadow the only persisting themes in a scene where all else is transitory.