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'The Lighthouse Keeper'
"This image features the first lighthouse to be built in Tasmania, the Iron Pot, in 1832. Manned lighthouses in Tasmania ended in 1996. This image and “The Storm” are my interpretation of life on a lighthouse. All elements of the image are photographic in origin and don’t necessarily appear in reality as depicted. I have drawn upon memories from childhood, my imagination and interpretation of my thinking on the subject of lighthouse life to conjure a scene that draws the viewer in to take a walk through the image and imagine being there. What does it feel like, what can you smell, what do you see, what is there to discover…to experience and believe the unbelievable. As the sun sets on another gorgeous day in paradise it seems that a storm is brewing, but there is still time to watch the horizon before lighting the light, a ritual steeped in history and ceremony and vital to the safety of all seafarers. Watch for passing boats, watch for the circling albatross, watch for signs of the impending storm, standing still taking it all in, breathing in the life-giving sea air, getting cooler now as the sun goes down. There is still time to enjoy a good bath, full of froth and bubble, warming and inviting before turning in for dinner and a good cup of tea. Watching the light as it turns and sends out its warning signal, each light unique, it’s like they talk to each other across the waves. On a clear night, the lights talk to the stars, telling stories of the olden days when ships and sailboats came to grief on these rocks. The sky tells the story of what’s coming, is the dinghy secure? What is that silly dog doing? He can’t catch those birds they are way too smart for him…better go and turn the shower off, the bath is overflowing and the bubbles are running down to the water. Watching out over the vastness of the sea pondering the advancing technology and automation, this life will disappear, the stone steps carved into the rock, will no longer feeling the tread of hurried feet up to the top in time to light the light. They will be overgrown providing habitat for the nests of birds and flotsam arriving by sea and borne on the wind. Only the albatross will witness the wash of the water against the rock, the serene isolation, the message beamed out by the lighthouse: their lonely callings lamenting a bygone era." ~ Suellen Cook
Technical: The image consists of 114 layers, 43 individual photographs. The layered file is 5.07 GB. The rocky outcrop is one of the Thumbs, Tasman Peninsular, Tasmania, the iron pot lighthouse, boat shed on private property at Long Point north of Bicheno.