I love lighthouses – their structure, their purpose, their form, the romanticism. I’m also fascinated by the very type of person which would have coped with the job of lighthouse keeper.
A few years ago – whilst in the midst of an unhappy job – I did one of those ‘best fit for a career’ tests and my ideal job came out as a lighthouse keeper! In hindsight, as someone who is rather claustrophobic and who can’t swim, it probably wouldn’t have been a good fit.
I took this photo last Summer as the late evening sun was streaming in through the window, casting a wonderful golden light onto my tin model lighthouse – thereby creating a strong shadow on the wooden cabinet behind.
I was reminded of this image as I’m currently re-reading Peter Hill’s ‘Stargazing’ – the real-life story of a young hippy student in the 70s who fancied the idea of working as a lighthouse keeper. It’s even more of a joy to read second time around.
For any other lighthouse-obsessed people out there, I would also recommend Tony Parker’s ‘Lighthouse’. Although I was mildly disappointed that the real-life stories of lighthouse keepers was a composite picture of many stories, it is one of the best books I’ve ever read and reveals lots about the ups and downs of this type of solitary work.