This is a shot from my recent trip to the Ailsa Craig and it’s wonderful old lighthouse. It’s been sitting on my computer desktop for a few weeks until I could process it in a way that I liked. I wanted something with subdued tones, and which said something of the loneliness of the place, and I feel this image goes some way toward achieving that.
Of all the images I made today on the Ailsa Craig, this is perhaps my favourite. The ironic thing is, the image could have been made anywhere and there is really nothing in the image which shows the actual location, an uninhabited island ten miles out to sea. Regardless of that, this sort of image is the kind I most like to create – dereliction is fascinating, and there is always something lovely about chairs in a derelict place.
In one of the outhouses at the Ailsa Craig lighthouse, I came upon this scene and I chuckled when I noticed the badge on the rusty old wheelbarrow. The scene was perfect for a bit of HDR work.
Visiting the uninhabited island of the Ailsa Craig, ten miles out to sea in the Firth of Clyde, I spent some time in the old lighthouse there. Inside, I found these framed black and white photographs depicting various scenes. Sitting beside this window, the framed images formed an entirely new image.
This padlock was exceptionally rusty, which gave it wonderful textures. The door to which it was attached was also beautifully textured. The door was a vivid blue colour, while the padlock was an astonishing red. And lovely though the colours were, they overpowered the image I was trying to create so I removed the colours, leaving only tones of black and white. This concentrated the attention on the textures, which is precisely what I wanted to achieve.
Incidentally, the title of the image comes from a Kate Bush song, ‘Houdini’, in which the heroine tells the way in which she will help the famous escapologist to complete his illusion.