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19 Striking Images of Lighthouses

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06 October 2017

Posted by Christian Lathom-Sharp

One might think that in these days of ‘there’s an app for that’ lighthouses were past their best before date. Think again. Where once mariners relied on beacons of fire on a hill top to warn of rocks or reefs, most sea faring vessels now have navigational GPS. However, we all know that digital technology can fail, so when it comes to the safety of those at sea, having an analogue backup in the shape of a 100ft tall queen chess piece is no bad thing.

Technological advances didn’t bypass lighthouses either, with solar energy and LED lightbulbs being introduced to save on costs and maintenance. As with many other structures though, many lighthouses have been decommissioned and some now host homeowners and hotel guests. Others are preserved by local volunteers for tourists to enjoy, with some gaining heritage status.

 Along with safety, lighthouses provide great photographic opportunities. One of the world’s most reproduced photos, taken by Jean Guichard in December 1989, is of a lighthouse, its keeper and a gigantic wave. The keeper, Théodore Malgorne was intrigued by the noise of Guichard’s helicopter and opened the door. He disappeared back inside just in time. We’ve selected 18 images of lighthouses that capture the romance and drama of these glorious landmarks.

Porthcawl lighthouse faces up to Storm Desmond in South Wales, 2015

Porthcawl lighthouse faces up to Storm Desmond in South Wales, 2015 Read less

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Leighton Collins

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The sun sets on Annisquam lighthouse on the north coast of Massachusetts, USA.

The sun sets on Annisquam lighthouse on the north coast of Massachusetts, USA. Read less

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Christian Delbert

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Black Point lighthouse on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales, sits silently beneath star trails and a clear night’s sky in this time-lapse shot.

Black Point lighthouse on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales, sits silently beneath star trails and a clear night’s sky in this time-lapse shot. Read less

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Wayne Shakell

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Sunderland’s Roker lighthouse is beaten for height by a huge, crashing wave whilst its pier takes a pounding.

Sunderland’s Roker lighthouse is beaten for height by a huge, crashing wave whilst its pier takes a pounding. Read less

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Ray Pritchard

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The spiral stairs of the lighthouse at Hel in Poland form a minimal abstract shot when viewed from beneath.

The spiral stairs of the lighthouse at Hel in Poland form a minimal abstract shot when viewed from beneath. Read less

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The Point of Ayr Lighthouse, otherwise known as the Talacre Lighthouse, a grade II listed building situated on the north coast of Wales, appears tiny in this view through the sa... Read more

The Point of Ayr Lighthouse, otherwise known as the Talacre Lighthouse, a grade II listed building situated on the north coast of Wales, appears tiny in this view through the sand dunes. Read less

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This fish-eye lens shot from a helicopter shows Dunnet Head Lighthouse atop of the 300 foot cliff of Easter Head, Britain’s most northerly point.

This fish-eye lens shot from a helicopter shows Dunnet Head Lighthouse atop of the 300 foot cliff of Easter Head, Britain’s most northerly point. Read less

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Lightning and ominous clouds creep ever closer to Happisburgh Lighthouse in Norfolk, England

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A calm sea and minimal composition make this long exposure of a lighthouse stand out from the crowd.

A calm sea and minimal composition make this long exposure of a lighthouse stand out from the crowd. Read less

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The red and white of Buchan Ness Lighthouse in Boddam, Scotland stand out clearly in this dramatic, high contrast shot.

The red and white of Buchan Ness Lighthouse in Boddam, Scotland stand out clearly in this dramatic, high contrast shot. Read less

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One can almost sense the quiet solitude in this early morning shot of an inland lighthouse on a river.

One can almost sense the quiet solitude in this early morning shot of an inland lighthouse on a river. Read less

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St. Mary's lighthouse on St Mary's (or Bait) Island, North East England is inaccessible whilst the causeway is submerged at high tide.

St. Mary's lighthouse on St Mary's (or Bait) Island, North East England is inaccessible whilst the causeway is submerged at high tide. Read less

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Martin Jones

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An unconventional shot of Cape Wickham Lighthouse on King Island, Tasmania, seen through a windscreen covered in droplets of rain.

An unconventional shot of Cape Wickham Lighthouse on King Island, Tasmania, seen through a windscreen covered in droplets of rain. Read less

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Looking down the eye-catching spiral staircase of Eckmul lighthouse in Brittany, France

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Claudio Ruggeri

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Assateague Lighthouse peeps above the forest of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge as the sun slowly rises in Virginia, USA

Assateague Lighthouse peeps above the forest of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge as the sun slowly rises in Virginia, USA Read less

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Soft pastel colours add an ethereal quality to this twilight shot of Rattray Head Lighthouse situated in the North Sea, just north of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Soft pastel colours add an ethereal quality to this twilight shot of Rattray Head Lighthouse situated in the North Sea, just north of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Read less

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Stephen Taylor

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The haze of morning light begins to lift, revealing the Casablanca lighthouse in Morocco.

The haze of morning light begins to lift, revealing the Casablanca lighthouse in Morocco. Read less

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This black and white shot of Talacre lighthouse situated on the sands of the River Dee in north Wales captures the starkness of the location.

This black and white shot of Talacre lighthouse situated on the sands of the River Dee in north Wales captures the starkness of the location. Read less

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John Roberts

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Two figures explore the surroundings of the quirky looking Nallikari Lighthouse in Oulu, Finland

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