OK, so that’s the postman’s creed, but it’s also emotively, the conditions I like to work in visually. We haven’t had much snow around here this winter (62 F degrees yesterday!). The other day it did rain heavily and that was followed by some wonderful fog. It was a fog that kind of rolled around low to the ground and the water, changing the landscape as it moved.
What I like about rain and fog is how they change the pallete of the landscape allowing me to work with darker more saturated tones. Wet colors are vibrant and deep. The fog allows me to simplify my visual experience in the images I make. With fog in the landscape, I can isolate elements against clean, textureless, evocative backdrops, drawing the viewer’s attention to what excited me most visually. There is a sense of mystery involved for the viewer as parts of the landscape are enshrouded.
In this first image, the tree limbs seem to reach out from nothingness as fog above lake waters obscures their trunks and the ground. It is an image that seems the reverse of what we would expect to see which enhances its sense of mystery.