Over the course of two years, Simon Christen became familiar with SF's fog, documenting its movements, shadows, and whimsicality in time lapse video.
San Francisco's fog has a personality all its own. It can alter moods, landscapes, and temperatures with the blink of an eye. And just as quickly, it rolls out, migrating to a different part of the city. Ultimately, this cloud cover is in charge, and the area's inhabitants know it as a part of daily life. It is as synonymous with San Francisco as cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Ghirardelli Chocolate.
Over the course of two years, video artist Simon Christen documented the fog's movements, shadows, and whimsicality. The result is Adrift, a stunning short video and "love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area."
"For about two years, if the weather looked promising, I would set my alarm to 5 a.m., recheck the webcams, and then set off on the 45-minute drive to the Marin Headlands," he explains. "I spent many mornings hiking in the dark to only find that the fog was too high, too low, or already gone by the time I got there. Luckily, once in a while the conditions would be perfect and I was able to capture something really special. Adrift is a collection of my favorite shots from these excursions into the ridges of the Marin Headlands."
In Adrift, Christen shares, in time-lapse format, what he saw on each of these adventures. His discoveries are so beautiful they might even make SF residents sorry they ever cursed this heavy mist for making it feel like winter in July.
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