A ship’s bell clangs in the distance through the fog. By the time it hits your ear it almost sounds muddy, as if the thickness of the fog in the air weighed it down. As the echoes drifted across the bay and slowly subsided the gulls began to fly past, never afraid to let their presence known with their distinctive call. I was already 5 minutes late for my meeting, but I also knew that this moment was only to last a few more minutes, and once passed would be lost forever. Realizing the choice I had to make and the result of that decision I grabbed my tripod and began to setup for the shot. A few minutes later a quick peek on the back of the camera, just to double-check the focus and composition, I ran to the car and bolted towards my meeting hoping I had something special for our new limited edition portfolio. I was now 10 minutes late…
Thankfully, the person I was rushing to meet was fine with my delay. This suddenly made the stop well worth it, and almost validated it.
This entire event all started as I was coming down the hill approaching the lovely little town of Cowichan Bay in the very earliest hours of the morning. As you make your way into town, the road suddenly comes across a clearing that finds you driving alongside the bay and ocean. It was here that my ears heard the call of the Siren’s Song, and it was bigger than me… the still waters, the veil of fog rolling over the mirrored surface, the ship docked with it’s gentle reflection cast back, it was a scene of pure magic that was fleeting. I take my commitments and schedule very seriously, so even contemplating running late for a business meeting due to something that was completely personal in nature drove me a little batty. Regardless, I almost felt as if I had no choice.
Even the name of the picture was a bit of an adventure in itself. My first attempt was less than perfect, so Mrs. Toad and I sat down to find just the right name together.
“Anchor Watch” – Maritime Terms and Definitions
The detail on deck at night, when at anchor, to safeguard the vessel (not necessarily at the anchor; a general watch)
This was the exact feeling I had when photographing this scene, it fits perfectly. You could almost sense the detail patrolling the decks of the ship in the fog, ever vigilant, ever watchful for any sign of danger or concern. The same serenity that brings peace to a place can also be the harbinger of an uneasy sense, almost as if you expect something to pop out of the shadows at you. This strong feeling of trepidation and tension really came out quite nicely in the picture, making for an image we recognized as an instant classic and a perfect candidate for our new Limited Edition Prints launch.
We have a few really exciting projects that we’ve been immersed in the last few weeks and this is the first step to putting these plans into motion and starting a whole new phase in our photography practice. In the meantime, thank you so much for your kind visit today. We really hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this new image in our portfolio as we celebrate this exciting milestone at Toad Hollow Photography! As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please do feel free to leave any comments or thoughts you may have. Until next time!