Fog

September 21, 2014

Sun rising over gas station on a foggy morning.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Fog is a wonderful atmospheric with which to work.

BW photo of a lone horse standing in a field on a foggy morning.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The fine water droplets create a soft, ethereal  canvas that drapes over the landscape inducing a sense of serenity and calm.

Old fence and lock fading into the foggy morning.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Fog also greatly reduces the amount of perceived detail-particularly the further into the scene you gaze.  Therein lies the danger.  For example, this morning while driving I came upon several bicyclists who were riding without lights and it was difficult to see them until coming closer-the fog simply shrouded them from view.

This same phenomena occurs with war as well.  Erroll Morris created a documentary entitled, appropriately, The Fog of War and it is worth a watch, especially in these times.  The movie is based on interviews with Mr. Robert S.  McNamara, who was one of the principle architects of the United States’ war with Viet Nam.  Mr. McNamara discusses the complexities of war and the complications that arise whence that course of action is taken.  Mr. Morris and Mr. McNamara provide a decidedly less artistic application of fog, all-the-while amplifying the sense of distortion it creates.

If the choice is made to watch The Fog of War, make it a double-feature by pairing it with The Unknown Known, another Erroll Morris documentary with Mr. Donald Rumsfeld as the subject.  Mr. Rumsfeld was the principle architect of the U.S. war with Iraq.

It is worth noting that walking about in the wet grass and feeling the dampness of the air on the skin is a much more pleasant experience.

Take care.

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