Santa Maria, Barcelona, Spain, 1957

MARCH 1957 – A replica of the historic ship Santa Maria at the port of Barcelona, Spain. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Back in 1957 one part of the family traveled from Oldenburg, Germany, to Alicante, Spain – with a small car. Back then, this was a huge trip. They visited Biarritz in France, and San Sebastian, Madrid, Alicante, and Valencia in Spain. And Barcelona.

This image show a replica of the historic ship Santa Maria at the port of Barcelona. The Santa Maria was the flag ship of Christopher Columbus when he discovered the American continent in 1492. It ran aground and could not be saved, so this image shows a replica. However, reading the full story at Wikipedia, it seems that the actual dimensions or design of the ship have not survived from that area, so it’s more an expression of how the ship could have been looked like.

Anyway, I like the image that shows tiny details, for example the large old freighter in the background, the woman leaning against a pillar on the left, or the many small boats next to the Santa Maria (which I find pretty unusual for such a large harbour.)

The high resolution image

Capture DateMarch 1957
LocationBarcelona, Spain
Image Source7 x 10 cm b&w print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4469 x 3022 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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