Federico Fellini, Italy, France, 1973
Fog transforms our way of seeing the world, how we see the landscape, the environment and that which is even more familiar. It foreshortens distance, cancels out perspective, mutes colours and muffles shapes. We see the grandfather, only a few steps from his doorway, having lost all sense of direction, he becomes lost and anxious, unable to find his way back. His anxiety takes a metaphysical turn – what if this flattened, blurry world was not earth anymore, but the world beyond the veil?
For the little boy on his way to school, the route he takes every day, the fog has turned everything from the familiar in to the worryingly strange – trees take on strange and terrifying shapes, a cyclist becomes a scary monster, and the bison a mythological creature.