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Lighthouses

Lighthouses are navigational aids built to help ships avoid dangerous coastlines, shoals and reefs as well as to indicate safe passage into harbours.

As a photographer I am fascinated by interplay between light, tide, currents, weather and coastal landscape. Lighthouse architecture is a stark contrast to the shapes of the rocks, waves and clouds and makes it more interesting.

I can't photograph a Lighthouse without thinking about the ships that were wrecked before the light was built or those that were saved afterwards.

Lighthouses constructed in remote locations often required roads and tramways to be built first so the materials could be brought in. These have their own interesting stories, if you can find them.

Traditional Lighthouses were architectural beauties, constructed of different materials and in different styles. All were built for one task - as a navigation aid for shipping.