Madrid, 2001

SEPTEMBER 2001 – The Monument to Alfonso XII at the Parque del Retiro in Madrid, Spain. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

In 2001 I had been traveling to Madrid, Spain, quite frequently, but 21 years later I had completely forgotten about these trips (except that they had happened). And I stumbled upon pictures of the Monument to Alfonso XII at the Parque del Retiro in Madrid. Yep, that’s the one one of my distant relatives photographed in 1957. I was unaware of his photos and did not capture the monument from the same location as he did. I approached it differently: from the back!

While I used just the tiny Kodak DC 4800 point-and-shoot camera, the resulting image is fine, even if a bit small. But digital photography was still expensive and just taking infant steps towards the mainstream, so I think that’s OK. If you compare the quality of the 1957 photo print and the 2001 digital image, one can only admire the stunning development of the technology. Even more so, considering what’s possible today, another 20+ years later.

Have a great day, folks!

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time30-SEP-2001, 11:11
LocationMadrid, Spain
CameraKodak DC 4800 Zoom Digital
Exposure1/700 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel,sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions1931 x 1350 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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