The Bridge Across the Golden Gate (Captured with Light at 75), San Francisco, CA, USA

The cover of “The Bridge Across the Golden Gate” book features a section of the main suspension cable with the individual cables hanging down from it, shrouded in summer fog, Golden

The cover photograph of “The Bridge Across the Golden Gate” book features a section of the main suspension cable with the individual cables hanging down from it, shrouded in summer fog; Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA, as we sailed underneath

 

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.

 

The frontispiece shows the Golden Gate Bridge viewed from Fort Point at the northern tip of San Francisco, CA, USA, with one of the Fort_s American flags flying in the strong onshore w

The frontispiece shows the Golden Gate Bridge viewed from Fort Point at the northern tip of San Francisco, CA, USA, with one of the Fort’s American flags flying in the strong onshore winds

 

Suspension cables and the south tower disappearing in the fog, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

Suspension cables and the south tower disappearing in the fog, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

The north tower disappearing in the fog, viewed from Lime Point near Sausalito, CA; Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

The north tower disappearing in the fog, viewed from Lime Point near Sausalito, CA; Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

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

 

A typical day of sailing in the summer fog on San Francisco Bay in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

A typical day of sailing in the summer fog on San Francisco Bay in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Sailboats heading under the deck of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA, in strong summer winds with the fog swirling around the bridge

Sailboats heading under the deck of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA, in strong summer winds with the fog swirling around the bridge

 

“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

 

The Golden Gate Bridge with the Marin Headlands in the background with the summer fog rolling in, San Francisco, CA, USA

The Golden Gate Bridge with the Marin Headlands in the background with the summer fog rolling in, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

The city of San Francisco, CA, USA, is visible on a clear day behind the Golden Gate Bridge in this view from the Marin Headlands at Fort Baker, south of Sausalito in Marin County

The city of San Francisco, CA, USA, is visible on a clear day behind the Golden Gate Bridge in this view from the Marin Headlands at Fort Baker, south of Sausalito in Marin County

 

A curtain wall of suspension cables, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

A curtain wall of suspension cables, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

The lighthouse is inside Fort Point under the arches of the southern anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

The lighthouse is inside Fort Point under the arches of the southern anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Behind the suspension cable on a clear day from the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA, looking north you can see Sausalito on the left, Richardson Bay center) and Angel Island o

Behind the suspension cable on a clear day from the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA, looking north you can see Sausalito on the left, Richardson Bay center) and Angel Island on the right (that served as the “Ellis Island” immigration station for the west coast in the 1800s and early 1900s)

 

A magnificent vista of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco behind her and the East Bay cities in the distance as seen from atop the Marin Headlands at Fort Baker; San Francisco Bay,

A magnificent vista of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco behind her and the East Bay cities in the distance as seen from atop the Marin Headlands at Fort Baker; San Francisco Bay, CA, USA

 

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.”

 

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 com

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”; Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

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.
http://www.blurb.com/books/3528717

 

Legal Notices: All photographs in this blog post copyright © 2017 by Richard C. Edwards. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Permission to link to this blog post is granted for educational and non-commercial purposes only.

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.

 

 

3 thoughts on “The Bridge Across the Golden Gate (Captured with Light at 75), San Francisco, CA, USA

  1. Rich,

    I would like to buy a couple of copies but somehow cannot do it on Blurb or Amazon. How can I buy two copies?

    Paul

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