As a photographer, publisher and lecturer. Promoting, educating and keeping the lights alive for future generations to enjoy! Following The Lights.
Since lighthouses have been automated, some are now private homes, while others, now function as holiday accommodation and hotels.
Others unfortunately have falling into disrepair but still tell a lost story.
As someone who is keen on lighthouses, history, travel and tourism, I mixed these passions, along with a lifetime hobby of photography to bring photographs, video and audio along with a collection of artefacts and lighthouse memorabilia to the travelling exhibitions.
Following the Lights book. Being self funded using my own photographs, hints and travel tips, created not for profit. With sales revenues of the book going to good causes and to raise funds to maintain the beautiful lighthouse structures for generations to come. Use the guide book to join the journey on an amazing lighthouse visit or holiday.
The Following The Lights Artefact Collection Continuing to grow from strength to strength, helping to promote the lighthouses and navigational aid history and heritage around the UK and Ireland. Allowing visitors to exhibitions to learn the history, get hands on with artefacts and learn about the art installed in some of these buildings.
Artefacts include original documents from well known lighthouses, photographs and other interesting objects that range from the 1800s to present day. Original lighthouse keeper uniforms will also feature at exhibitions that will help bring the story to life.
Proud to say, I am the first person to start a crowd fund to purchase paint for any lighthouse in Scotland, this being Fair Isle South Lighthouse in 2016.
First person to include lighthouse images on KitKat biscuit wrappers.
First person to stay at the former Lighthouse Tender Vessel of the Northern Lighthouse Board now 5 star unique only floating hotel in Scotland Fingal Edinburgh.
First person to be interviewed for a podcast about Scottish Lighthouses in America with the U.S. Lighthouse Society. Episode 51 available on Spotify and other streaming platforms.
Funds and or gifts donated from Following The Lights include: Museum of Scottish Lighthouse Fraserburgh Northern Lighthouse Board Training Facility St Abbs Head Visitor Centre St Abbs Head Lifeboat Mull of Galloway Lighthouse Trust Summerlee Transport Group Maid of The Loch Paddle Steamer Loch Lomond St Abbs Head Lighthouse Cottages Signal Tower Museum Arbroath Gairloch Museum
Promoting, educating and keeping the lights alive for future generations to enjoy! Following The Lights.