Not sure why, but I have always liked fog. (No comments, please, about how often I’m in a fog.) I think it dates back to the two years I lived overseas as a young child in a London suburb. In those days, smoke and soot from coal fires that mixed with cold air moisture at times of temperature inversion would create the thick London fog known as “pea soup.” I’ve always thought of fog as mysterious and moody. If you’ve ever seen a photograph of the twin towers of the Golden Gate Bridge protruding through the shallow fog that frequently engulfs San Francisco Bay, you probably know what I’m talking about.
While Seattle is known more for its wet and gray weather, we do get our share of fog every now and then. Until recently, I used to commute to work every day by taking a 35-minute ferry ride across Puget Sound from Bainbridge Island to downtown Seattle. The day before I snapped the above image, my morning ferry had made the crossing in unrelenting, low-lying fog. On a hunch, I grabbed my camera bag the next morning and sure enough, the same foggy conditions were present. Instead of occupying my usual seat, I went to the ferry car deck on the starboard side, took out my camera, and waited – and then waited some more. I was hoping the sun rising behind Seattle would pierce the fog and create some morning magic, and that’s exactly what happened. I probably had a window of about 60 seconds before the sun went too high and disappeared. While preparation never hurts, photography is sometimes all about luck – and I was certainly fortunate that one foggy morning.
I offer metal prints in both my online store and my gallery on Bainbridge Island. A unique coating on an aluminum sheet allows the ink to be directly infused onto the surface of the aluminum, thereby creating a durable and vibrant print. With the right image, the colors pop off the metal. If you’d like to see how “Fog” looks on metal – along with my wide assortment of framed, matted, canvas, and fine acrylic prints – please stop by and visit my gallery!
Ciao for now!
Andrew (“Andy”) Bergh