In the time before GPS, lighthouses were built for function: guide the oncoming ships to the shore but make sure they don’t get too close too quickly. With that purpose now mostly gone nothing remains but the aesthetic beauty of the lighthouse. Yet, we reserve a certain warmness for the lighthouse, knowing it means we’re close to home or safe harbor.
The lighthouses of New England give us this sense but are also steeped in history and are absolutely beautiful. Frank Carroll captures this beauty and warmth perfectly. His portraits of lighthouses and lightboats are breathtaking gorgeous, nostalgic reminders of a simpler time.