Beachgoers soak in 'radioactive life'

Story highlights

  • The Spanish town of Benidorm is a beach haven for many people from northern Europe
  • Maria Moldes' work from the "photographic gold mine" made her an overnight sensation

(CNN)Bikini-clad women donning bleached bouffants sizzle under the merciless Spanish sun.

Menthol cigarettes press against glittery, plastic nails.
    Protruding abdomens and flaccid burnt skin create a deforming effect over tattoos from another era.
      This scene describes many of the northern European vacationers in Benidorm, a beach haven for the working-class tourists and pensioners who flock to Spain's Levante coast for a bit of sun.
      It has almost become a sport for some people to poke fun at Benidorm. But to Spanish photographer Maria Moldes, Benidorm presents endless opportunities.
      "Benidorm is a photographic gold mine," said Moldes, who became an overnight sensation with her photographs of the beach's foreign visitors. "It is an endless source of images."
      "Scenes of Radioactive Life" is Moldes' two-year photographic ode to Benidorm, highlighting the extravagance of the place and its characters.
      Photographer Maria Moldes