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Adrift (2013)

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Created by Simon Christen
Muscial score by Jimmy LaValle and the band “The Album Leaf”

Adrift is a visually stunning piece of film by photographer and filmmaker Simon Christen. He used time lapse photography to create moving footage of the San Franciso Bay area, in particular focusing on the thick fog which coats the landscape in the mornings. Speeded up, the dense fog appears tsunami-like, rolling thick and fast over the terrain so familiar to and beloved by Christen.  The atmospheric synth score by Jimmy LaValle perfectly matches the mood and feel of the film, working with the ethereal imagery to create an experience that combines the beauty and wonder of nature with a sense of tranquillity and solitude. Adrift is a unique film experience.

‘”Adrift” is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is where “Adrift” was born. The weather conditions have to be just right for the fog to glide over the hills and under the bridge. I developed a system for trying to guess when to make the drive out to shoot, which involved checking the weather forecast, satellite images and webcams multiple times a day. For about 2 years, if the weather looked promising, I would set my alarm to 5am, recheck the webcams, and then set off on the 45-minute drive to the Marin Headlands. 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. 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.’  Simon Christen

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