Ford Focus, Scotland

JULY 2005 – A dark blue Ford Focus has stopped right after crossing the border between England and Scotland. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Even if we offically flew into Newcastle-upon-Tyne, I began my photographic trip report with the first house right after the Scottish border in Gretna Greene. While there is nothing so stunning about it – it was for decades the last hope for many lovers because since 1753 the couple needed the confirmation of their parents to get married! Without this confirmation they were not allowed to marry in England. But in Scotland marriage was easy – you just had to be at least 16 years old and bring two witnesses (and if they did not have these, there were plenty of folks willing to witness the act.) In fact, it was so easy to get married that soon a real industry was serving the needs of the young lovers. That’s the reason why Gretna Greene was such a popular location for weddings in the past.

Anyway, I stopped our rental car right after crossing the border near The First House of Scotland (which is slightly visible in the back.)

The photo, you ask? Well, you know, I am a car aficionado and have to tell you that our car, the Ford Focus, was pretty good. Like the Fiat Punto that I have been blogging about the other day, the Ford Focus was a not too thirsty, reliable and sturdy car that did what its supposed to do: get us around the Scottish countryside. Five stars from us for this. (And yes, I will share some images of the first/last house in Scotland soon.)

The high resolution image

Capture Date10-JUL-2005
LocationGretna Green, Scotland
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6465 x 4280 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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