Photographs in the Fog

Photographs in the Fog: Haven’t picked up a fly rod in two weeks. That’s a long time for me; but at this point I’m still on the road and will be until next week. No, I’m not complaining, mind you. Its giving me a chance to look around at the world.

Photographs in the Fog — Haddam, Connecticut

Here in Haddam, Connecticut, yesterday morning held heavy fog. It draped the woods around the house in a muted veil. And out my window sat a soft and silent world. The tree’s leafless limbs, barren from winter, painted patterns across the sky, the intricacy¬† of their lines filled with energy and emotion. It jogged my memory, bringing to mind Paul Caponigro’s photographs. I had seen an exhibit of his work in Hartford, many years ago. Working solely in black & white, Caponigro frequently utilized the fog to reveal his affinity for the natural world.

Photographs in the Fog —- Haddam, Connecticut

Feeling the urge to take images of my own, I put down my coffee, picked up the only camera I had – my cell phone – and walked outside. Dressed in t-shirt and boxer shorts, I wasn’t prepared to go far.¬† Yet fortunately for me the nearby woods had much to offer. Quickly I took several photographs in the fog, each time pointing my cell phone upwards to capture the surrounding trees.

Photographs in the Fog — Haddam, Connecticut

Later I viewed the images on my laptop; I was pleased with them. They seemed to capture that moment in time, perfectly recording what I had felt and seen. Yes, cameras truly can be a mirror with a memory. Hope you’re pleased with these images too.

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2 Responses to Photographs in the Fog

  1. Ted Rzepski says:

    Ed
    Someone said the best camera is the one you have available. Your pics exactly capture a reluctant Spring morning in Southern New England.
    All the smart phones take amazing photos. Years ago I stumbled on a combat journalist from Afghanistan who had the first generation I phone. The photos rivaled Cartier Bresson.
    Click away!
    Ted

    • Ed Mitchell says:

      Ted,
      Right you are – the best camera is the one you have. And you don’t need a good camera to take a good photograph; anymore than a good painting requires a good brush. All you need is a good eye. These days I find myself using smart phone cameras more and more. They are quick, capable, and convenient. And their universality is creating a new vernacular, a new language, especially among the young.
      Ed

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