As many of you know, Chuck and I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to North Carolina in 2012. Chuck had started building his skills using digital photography and digital editing well before we left California, but his work began to seriously take off after we arrived here in the Tarheel state. He is the creative force who drives Wayne Addington Images. There are multiple themes that flow through WAI. Architectural elements, nature, reflections caught in windows or any surface offering a reflected view frequently show up. Some or all of these blend together to build the final image. One more element is always present in one way or another: how do we see things, or sometimes--how do we remember them? Add a playful use of color, and you have the makings of a Wayne Addington image.
The image in today's blog is no exception. We call this image "Time Tunnel #2". It's one in a series of images taken during a trip to North Carolina's Outer Banks. These beautiful communities & beaches are definitely worth a visit if you haven't seen them. There is a picket of lighthouses that guard the North Carolina coast. The one in our image is the Currituck Beach Light Station, located on Currituck Sound near the town of Corolla, NC. The lighthouse dates from 1875, and happily has been fully restored along with the surrounding grounds. What caught us is the hypnotic movement of the beautiful iron staircase that leads up 220 steps to the lens level. Both Chuck and I have 'issues' with closed spaces (especially after the Loma Prieta earthquake), but we couldn't resist the magical pull of this beautiful building. We took loads of pictures which became the source material for Chuck's magic as well.
Lighthouses are beacons. They are literally the "light stops here" safety net for ships navigating the coastal waters. It's only a small step in remembering this beautiful place to expand the idea of a beacon to more than coastal navigation. We all profit from beacons in our lives--sometimes they are people we know, events recalled that help form our values, or the set of experiences that help each of us navigate through our lives. This image moved from solely one of a lighthouse guarding the North Carolina coast to an invitation to cross time to reach any of the pivotal moments that form us, or maybe the missed moments that we would like to visit--or visit again. We hope you enjoy this image as much as we do. We have a copy hanging in our dining room. You can too if you'd like. --Scott