It’s Not A Very Good Day For Photography

 

 

My mothers youngest brother and his artist wife live in an old ocean front house that had to be at least one hundred and fifty years old or older and it sat above the Atlantic ocean and may have been built by a Sea Captain. They lived in the coastal community of Cohasset, Massachusetts.

I think I only visited my aunt & uncle’s house a few times in my life because Minnesota was the closest we ever lived to them. I always enjoyed myself when we did get to stay with them. It was on one of these visits I was about twenty five or so that this story happened.

I woke one morning to some of the thickest pea soup fog I have ever seen. By 8:30 am it was thinning slowly and I excused my self to go make some photographs. As I was leaving the house a repairman was gathering his tools from his truck. He looked at me and stated “Its not a very good day for photography” I stopped and said you are so right its is a GREAT day for photography!

The fog had lifted just enough so you could see shape and form with very subtle contrast. It was a great morning to be out making mood photographs. While most people think that you need a bright sunny day to take a good photograph I find that just the opposite can be true. Bad weather often leads to great image making for photographers and other artists.

To this day I get excited when I see fog or any other inclement weather. Living in the desert and waking to fog or the seldom snow fall, I get all revved up and can not wait to get out in it to create new images and those words of the repair man from so many years ago bring a smile to my face. 

 

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