Fun On The Rocks, Sweden, 1954

SUMMER 1954 – Two girls and a lady pose for the photographer on rocks near Lysekil, Sweden. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

In the summer of 1954 my mother (12, left) and my aunt (13, right) traveled to Sweden, to Skalhamn at the west coast, to be precise. They stayed at “Guller’s Summer House” and apparently had a fantastic time.

I adore this photo because it shows the pure fun they must have had during this trip. Just imagine: The first trip without their parents or their nanny! Going abroad! On their way to becoming real teenagers! Under these circumstances it did not even matter that the area had mostly rocks and was at the end of the world. They were at the seaside and could enjoy the sun and go for a swim. Every day.

Looking at recent satellite images, I think the area has not changed a lot over the past seven decades. It still looks like a fantastic place for a vacation. Awesome.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1954
LocationSkalhamn, Sweden
Image Source9 x 11 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions5212 x 3909 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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