I like the natural, simplicity of this beach sunbathing scene from the early 1960s. The beach looks wild, possibly on the Cape West Coast. The women (‘Me’ on the frame), is in a blue bikini and blue sunglasses to match. With just a towel and blow-up pillow, she looks super relaxed – just as it should be at the beach. Is that a radio?
Category Archives: Beach scene
My guess this is a Cape Town beach on the Atlantic seaboard, 1960s. It’s a wonderful example of vernacular photography that weirdly works. Despite being hastily snapped and, as a result, being skew and blurred, there are enough details from the era to make it interesting. I love the relaxed indifference of the women as they stride by, smoking and chatting. It’s almost contemporary.
I tackled this slide because of its physical qualities but fell in love with the scene along the way. The slide is in shocking condition, faded to pink and flimsily framed, but interesting because it is a large size – 4mm square. I know this beach is in Spain because of others – labelled – from the same original collection. I like the natural location of the beach, the absence of houses and the feeling of it being a secret cove, given by the rough cliffs. Down at the sea shore I love the boats and the small wooden pier.
Before and after
Probably England, late 1950s. Mom and son on a seaside boat ride. Quite a solid little boat that one, its certainly not made of plastic.
Seaside amusement parks and areas, with boat their rides and many other facilities seen here in the background, were an important part of mid century culture. Outings to seaside amusement parks were a choice activity in the era, and appear frequently in my collection.
Read more about the growth, decline and evolution of amusement parks in the USA: Here.
These swimmers are at the Dead Sea, Israel 1964. A long-time favorite – its such a great composition, I love the way the young girl in her white cap stands out, the pipes, the lolling swimmers on the lake shore. I wonder what it cost to pipe fresh water to this spot? Read about the history of the Dead Sea and environmental concerns.
I rebuilt the sky, restored the color through several layers and filters, and added in some sharpness.
Before and after. Click for big.
A deliciously odd image, the man is fully dressed and out of context. In his suit and long socks, he’s wearing a very serious expression as he makes notes in his little book. Its a bright, sunny spot where one would normally expect to see sunbathers – he should be wearing one of those man-bikinis they all wore back in the day!
This is a stunning example of how color can be rescued from an old, faded original. This is where slide surpasses print. I loved seeing how the stone wall came to life as everything became less washed out.