There are countless of artworks inspired by lighthouses. Its artistic attribute attracts both artists and casual audiences. A lighthouse has an appeal that draws people, visually and emotionally.
In a practical sense, lighthouses used to serve as guide to sea-travelers. People use them to send signals to ships and boats and provide guiding lights. But, eventually, lighthouses drew people in for their unique charms.
In fact, New Jersey built a lighthouse in 1926, which never served as a lighthouse, but as an attraction. It served as police headquarters, gift shop, and museum. And according to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors, the Brigantine Lighthouse still attracts people, especially artists, even until now.
But, what could be the reason even a defunct lighthouse pulls people, especially artists?
Appeal to Emotion
It is easy to associate emotions to a lighthouse. The image of a lighthouse on an island evokes an instant feeling of isolation and serenity. It provides something that many artists want to project.
At the same time, people can relate to it. There are certain points where humans want to isolate themselves, but at the same time keep their connection with others. That is how a lighthouse works. The person inside it is withdrawn strategically from others, but at the same time, they indirectly connect.
It is common to see a lighthouse and contemplate how a person lived there in reasonable isolation. Somehow, lighthouses serve as a connection to the past. It emits a unique feeling of gloom and satisfaction all at once.
Many artists would love to paint or take photographs of lighthouses whether it’s dark or bright. It is an interesting subject as it shows a number of elements in just one frame.
Nearly all lighthouse images capture the sky, water, lighthouse, and where it stands. Despite being simple, it offers a lot to the eyes. It makes the viewers look at both horizontal and vertical elements — the lighthouse and the horizon of the sea and the sky.
Perhaps, artists love lighthouses because their outputs can be similar to its light. They serve as the lighthouse keeper, and their works as the light. Many of them will never meet their audience, but an indirect connection takes place when the audience sees the artwork.