Cars at Solitaire, Namibia

DECEMBER 2006 – Two generations of cars meet at the petrol station in Solitaire, Namibia: the wreck of a Morris Eight car and a 2004 Toyota Hilux 4×4. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

We had learned our lesson: When you’re driving along the highways of Namibia, just use every petrol station that you will encounter. Otherwise you might encounter problems. What’s more, it’s also nice to have a chat and relax for a moment.

So, when we approached the Solitaire rest area and petrol station, we had planned already for a stop. But who would have thought that it’s also a great place to take photos? These poor remains of a Morris Eight small family car greet the visitor. It was produced from 1935 to 1948, so it was already quite old. But imagination starts right away, throwing up questions like: Who were the folks who left their car here? And why? What’s the experience driving that car in the 1940s in Namibia? How bad were the roads back then?

This angle puts the 2004 Toyota Hilux (i.e., pretty new back in 2006) into the frame, showing the advances made over the past decades. I picked the aperture of f/4 to slightly blur the new car and put the focus on the car wreck in the front. Very nice.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time04-DEC-2006, 15:57
LocationSolitaire, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/1000 sec at f/4
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 3328 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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