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Adrift: A Love Letter to the Fog of San Francisco

By: Liv Combe + Save to a List

The fog is just as much a part of life in San Francisco as unbikeable hills, third-wave coffee, and the International Orange peaks of the Golden Gate Bridge. Which is why filmmaker Simon Christen set out to make Adrift, a love letter to the fog.

Released in 2013, Christen spent more than two years monitoring webcams and weather forecasts and setting his alarm at 5 am so he could drive up to the Marin Headlands in time to film the fog rolling in over the city.

“I spent many mornings hiking in the dark to only find that the fog was too high, too low, or already gone by the time I got there,” writes Christen on his Vimeo page. “Luckily, once in a while the conditions would be perfect and I was able to capture something really special. Adrift is a collection of my favorite shots from these excursions into the ridges of the Marin Headlands.”

Add in some music by The Album Leaf and you’ve got a whimsical, dreamlike ode to this San Francisco icon.

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