Working Lighthouses From Carlingford to Hook Head
An exhibition of work by Enda Murphy
26.11.2019 - 23.12.2019
D'lush Cafe, 20 Abbey St, Ferrybank South, Wexford, Co. Wexford, Ireland | (053) 912 3795
Working Lighthouses from Carlingford Loch to Hook Head
By their very nature a light house is inaccessible and difficult to photograph. Nevertheless, like the Steam Engine and Windmill of the past, they provide a romantic and dramatic attraction to land lubbers and sea farers alike. While they continue to provide certainty and confidence to the sailor, their necessity is reduced by the advent of advanced GPS. Automation means that there is now not even a local presence to maintain them and in many the light itself has been modernised from a rotating bulb on mercury to an automatic strobe light. All in all, we may expect lighthouses to go the way of the Steam Engine and Windmill and are therefore worthy of capturing while glorious and functional.
As a keen boat person, I used the opportunity of a boat trip during summer 2019 from Dunmore East to Donaghadee (near Belfast) to take these photographs. They will always carry an element of mysticism and romance for me in very rugged and inhospitable locations..