VW Beetle, Germany, 1968

APRIL 1968 – Inga Schweim and her son Mark pose for the photographer in front of a brand new Volkswagen Beetle near Kiel, Germany. Scan © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

As long as I can think, cars have been important for our family. It began in the 1940s with the car of my great grandparents and continued seamlessly until today. There has never been a period without a car. Having said that, the cars were not huge, expensive luxury cars but tools to get from A to B as needed.

Shortly before Easter 1968, we got a brand new Volkswagen Beetle, and my parents took a short drive to the countryside near Kiel to photograph the new family member (so to say.) Looking at the image, it seems that I was not super focused on my father, the photographer, but heck, I was 2½ years old and cannot remember anything of that time. On the other hand, my mother seems to be very proud.

I like this image as it shows my mother in her best age (at 26), confident and positive.

The high resolution image

Capture DateApril 1968
LocationKiel, Germany
Image Source7 x 10 cm Print from Original Negative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4649 x 3231 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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