turnberry lighthouse missed opportunity

April 10, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Recalling a visit to Turnberry Lighthouse early last spring when I took these pictures. I had recently got the contract to produces images for a new Ayrshire Calendar 2015 for Lyrical Scotland and I was duly exploring South Ayrshire. This is a place I had for some reason partly missed out on over the years, but not surprisingly I found myself thoroughly captivated.  The Lighthouse is undoubtedly iconic and I was not disappointed as the atmosphere was light and misty, almost ethereal even. With a photographer's eye I gave it the once over scrambling around the famous edifice looking for angles here and there. As you can see from the photos there are some issues; rusty,  bent and broken railings gave it that "unloved" dangerous feel - I wondered is there a plan here or is will it be left to die shamefully? - perhaps it's been restored already does anyone know?  As I left I felt something wasn't right here - such a wonderful symbol for Ayrshire, suffering through obvious neglect.  Stepping back it got worse, I was  looking to get a close up shot  of the whole building but amazingly the  immediate and obvious view was spectacularly ruined by a really ugly power installation right smack in front of me.  Is there perhaps a case for more joined up thinking between Scottish Power and the Planners / Council  etc. a missed opportunity or what?


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