Mediterranean Fun, San Juan, Spain, 1957

APRIL 1957 – A man emerges from the waves of the Mediterranean Sea at the beach of San Juan in Spain. Scan © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Some historical images just make you smile. Here’s a photo from a trip that remote members of my family made in spring 1957 to San Juan d’Alacant in Spain.

The guy emerges from a (rather tiny) wave in the cold Mediterranean Sea and raises both arms. The photographer captured the perfect moment while standing in the water – not a small challenge in the times of analog film and single exposures.

I like this image because it expresses the simple fun they had 66 years ago. They had been driving all the way from Northern Germany to the South of Spain, a long, unique, and unusual trip. And they apparently enjoyed every bit of it. Today you’d just use a plane and miss all the beautiful details you can only discover on a road trip.

Very nice.

The high resolution image

Capture DateApril 1957
LocationSan Juan d’Alacant, Spain
Image Source7 x 10 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4393 x 3075 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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