Suellen Cook Art Photography ~ 'The Key'
Suellen Saidee Cook
Award Winning Fine Art Photographer
Title: 'The Key'
Limited Edition of 50
Unframed - H= 50.8cm x L= 76.2cm
Framed - H= 84cm x L= 106cm
Eligible for the COLLECT Art Purchase Scheme
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Griffiths Island Lighthouse was built in 1859 as a navigation aid at a time when Port Fairy was becoming an important trading port for western Victoria. It was constructed on what was then Rabbit Island, at the eastern end of Griffiths, from local bluestone by Scottish stonemasons. The internal stairway was constructed with each step being inserted in the next course of stone in the outer wall. The lighthouse was initially manned by two keepers. The last keeper to live on the island was there from 1929 to 1954, when the light was automated; the two stone keepers’ cottages were subsequently demolished in about 1956.
Climate change will not be kind to Griffiths Island and its beautiful Lighthouse. I feel a sense of urgency to capture and document the majesty of the location, the exquisite architecture and how I felt being in the presence of this grand lady of Lighthouses. For the Keepers of days long gone this place would have been quite isolated and the constant threat of stormy weather from the Southern Ocean ever present. But the Lighthouse has remarkably survived all that Mother Nature has thrown at it since its construction in 1859, nearly 160 years ago. I love this place; it is a very special Lighthouse indeed.
As described above, the Lighthouse is on Griffiths Island, near Port Fairy in Victoria. The landscape is at Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania; the house was photographed in the township of Penguin, Tasmania, the jetty at Sommers Bay on the Tasman Peninsular.