75-year-old Golden Gate Bridge: A Berkeley perspective

The Golden Gate Bridge will be feted on Sunday May 27 for its 75th birthday. Photo: Ira Serkes

Happy 75th birthday Golden Gate Bridge, in all your international orange splendor.

Of course, your heart belongs to San Francisco, but some of the best views of your splendid span can be had from Berkeley. On the occasion of your anniversary, we publish photographs of yours truly by two of Berkeleyside’s favorite snappers.

And, should readers crave more, check out renowned photographer Richard Misrach’s book Golden Gate, a collection of photographs of the bridge and the bay shot over the course of three years from the same vantage point on the front porch of his Berkeley hills home.

A host of celebrations are planned on Sunday as part of the Golden Gate Bridge Festival celebration, including the Solar Beacon project, which will create two points of light on top of each tower.  The artist Liliane Lijn has been working with John Vallerga and other astrophysicists and scientists from the Space Science Lab at UC Berkeley to create an art installation that uses a Heliostat to concentrate the sun’s rays on the towers. For information, visit Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary website.

The bridge as focal point, seen from the Berkeley hills on March 20, 2012. Photo: D.H. Parks

A moon and a bridge making for a beautiful combination. Photo: Ira Serkes

Facts and figures about the 75-year old bridge. Photo: Ira Serkes

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  • Berkeleyfarm

    Great pics, Ira, as usual!

  • Tracy

    Ira your photos are awe inspiring!

  • serkes

    Thank you all.

    I’ve been inspired by John Vias, and Daniel, Keoki, Michael, Pete, David, Jef and all the other great Berkeleyside photographers.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/serkes/7265995712/lightbox/

    Now shooting camera RAW images which lets me bring out amazing details … but I still feel the same excitement I did when using roll film in Kodak Brownie box camera.

    Ira

  • http://twitter.com/paperlandmarks Paperlandmarks

    Happy 75th Birthday, Golden Gate Bridge! http://www.paperlandmarks.com/golden.htm