michigan lighthouses: an aerial photographic perspective
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Michigan Lighthouses: An Aerial Photographic Perspective

Michigan’s lighthouses have now all been captured in a spectacular collection of aerial photographs. Taken over a six year period, this photographic essay is available in a creatively designed, 11" by 14", 168 page, hard cover, tabletop book. The lights and their environments are vividly portrayed, photographed with a 6x7cm medium format camera and quality lenses.

The photographs reveal the dramatic settings of Michigan lighthouses as well as their current condition. Spectacle Reef and Stannard Rock are light stations carved from stone a century ago. Rock of Ages and Granite Island Lights were built on rock that required blasting the surface level. White Shoal and Gray’s Reef are “offshore” lights constructed on crib surfaces. Charity Island, Waugoshance, Fourteen Mile Point and Poverty Island have been vandalized and are decayed and crumbling. Others, such as Pointe Aux Barques, Sturgeon Point, South Manitou Island, Grand Traverse and the Lightship Huron have been restored to their original condition and are open to the visiting public. Also included are dramatic before and after photographs of the recently restored lighthouses at St. Helena Island and Port Austin Reef.

Offering a perspective unavailable to the average person, this collection of 170 color photographs provides an extraordinary aerial view of Michigan’s lighthouses and the topography of its shorelines and waters. This photographic essay will complement the home or office of lighthouse enthusiasts, historians, Michigan travelers, boaters, aviators and admirers of photographic art. The book is printed in 400 line screen on a waterless press in the United States of America.

The author and pilot/photographer, John L. Wagner, resides in East Lansing and is a graduate of Western Michigan University and its flight training program. Wagner owns the 160 horsepower Cessna 172 from which the photographs were taken. In addition to the book, an exhibit of large photographic prints of all 100+ lighthouses tours the state. Individual photographic enlargements are also available for purchase.

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