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:

    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!

    • Ed Mitchell says:

      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.

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