THE LIGHT AT SEA'S END


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The world’s first lighthouse was constructed in the 5th Century BC, essentially a small stone column with a fire beacon. Tales of shipwrecks abound through Australia’s history, and many lighthouses were built as a result of numerous fatal shipwrecks. Australia’s lighthouse history started with Macquarie lighthouse, built in 1818 atop the cliffs of Vaucluse in Sydney and at the time, powered by whale oil. The last keeper of the light in Australia, was at Maatsuyker Island in Tasmania which was de-manned in December 1995.

Lighthouses captivate many of us.  Is it the romance of the era, the mysterious stories, even ghost stories that that seem to abound?  Perhaps it is the feeling of stability and security they embody or the perilous stories of shipwrecks and lost lives that seem to accompany them that bring to life our worst nightmares?

I am intrigued with the mystery and lure of these wild but spiritually special places and the people who lived there, the children who grew up in the shadow of the lighthouse and the lifelong commitment those people had to keep the light and save passing ships from unseen dangers. The beautiful architecture is awe inspiring. Comprehending how these amazing structures were physically built, in some of the most inhospitable and isolated places just defies belief.  It is hard to not stand in awe of their builders, the first keepers and the families who have created everlasting stories of adventure, mystery and love for The Light at Sea’s End.

Technical

The Light at Sea’s End comprises two files, the background consisting of 51 layers and 14 individual photographs and the image itself 138 layers and 25 individual photographs.  The finished image is 7 GB

The Lighthouse on Griffiths Island, Port Fairy, Victoria was built from bluestone in 1859. The house is a hop farm shed photographed in the Derwent Valley near Bushy Park, in Tasmania. The landscape is entirely make-believe although made largely from photographs taken around the Victorian coast.