In 2012 I was commissioned by some San Francisco Bay Area charities to photograph “The Bridge Across the Golden Gate” during the summer of the 75th anniversary of its opening in 1937, for the creation of a book by that title that was sold to raise money for the charities. After sharing some of the photographs from our sailing out of San Francisco Bay under the Golden Gate Bridge [see our previous blog post], I want to share some of the photographs of what the bridge really looks like on typical summer days – sometimes enveloped in swirling fog flowing in from the Pacific Ocean (often blanketing San Francisco and the cities on the eastern side of the Bay including Berkeley and Oakland) and, when we are fortunate, glistening in bright summer sunshine.
From the book’s frontispiece: “This portrait of the Golden Gate Bridge at age 75 was inspired by an avid swimmer friend who has swum under the Golden Gate Bridge more than a dozen times. Her swimming prowess and the construction of the bridge are both remarkable feats. Experts long said that it would be impossible to construct a bridge spanning the 6,700 foot Golden Gate Strait due to the blinding fog and ferocious winds. Nevertheless, decades after first being envisioned by railroad magnate Charles Crocker, the $35 million bridge construction project began on January 5, 1933. Painted “international orange” to complement its natural surroundings and enhance its visibility in fog, the Golden Gate Bridge, at 4,200 feet, was the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1964. Information about the history and construction of the bridge can be found at the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District’s web site, www.goldengate.org ”
“The color of the bridge is officially an orange vermilion called international orange. The color was selected by consulting architect Irving Morrow because it complements the natural surroundings and enhances the bridge’s visibility in fog.” — Wikipedia
From the book’s back cover: “The plaque commemorating the opening of ‘The Bridge Across the Golden Gate’ on May 27, 1937 described this phenomenal engineering and construction feat as ‘an enduring monument commemorative of a purposeful achievement of San Francisco and the Redwood Empire.’ Seventy-five years later, the Golden Gate Bridge remains a symbol of San Francisco and is celebrated for its beauty, charm and Art Deco design elements. It has been ‘captured with light’ by award-winning San Francisco Bay Area photographer Rich Edwards.”
As noted above, over the summer of 2012, I was commissioned by some San Francisco Bay Area charities to create a book on the Golden Gate Bridge (in honor of its 75th anniversary) to raise money for them. It was published as a hardback, four-color book on Blurb where it remains available for sale. You can take a look at the complete book online. Just click on the (URL) link below to preview the book and then follow the instructions if you’re interested in getting your own copy. Enjoy the images! Net proceeds form sales of the book continue to be donated to the charities.
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THE BRIDGE ACROSS THE GOLDEN GATE: Captured with Light at 75 (Photographs by RICH EDWARDS, 2012) [Book:] Copyright © 2012 by Richard C. Edwards. All rights reserved worldwide. Published by Richard C. Edwards, Oakland, CA. All rights reserved worldwide. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form by any electronic or mechanical means (including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval) without permission in writing from the publisher.