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Lighthouses of Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod | Photographs

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A collection of images celebrating the lighthouses of Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod from photographer Alison Shaw.

In the spring of 2011, photographer Alison Shaw began shooting the five lighthouses of Martha’s Vineyard on assignment for Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. Though Alison had been a visitor to the Island since childhood and a resident there since she graduated Smith College in 1975, the lighthouses were one subject she had scarcely photographed. But once she began the project, photographing the lighthouses quickly evolved into a passion—and her newest book To the Harbor Light, published by Vineyard Stories.

To the Harbor Light is the result of 1,500 miles of trekking: 60 miles over sand and more than 300 over water. While some lighthouses, like Oak Bluffs’ East Chop were right in Alison’s backyard, others were nearly unreachable. At times, Alison had to wait hours for the tide to recede before being able to cross the stone breakwater that leads to Provincetown’s Wood End lighthouse, and when shooting in late fall and early the winter, Alison constantly had to monitor weather conditions.

To the Harbor Light: Lighthouses of Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
To the Harbor Light: Lighthouses of Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod.
Great Point Light, Nantucket.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Great Point Light, Nantucket.
Gay Head Light, Aquinnah.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Gay Head Light, Aquinnah.
West Chop Light, Vineyard Haven.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
West Chop Light, Vineyard Haven.
Wood End Light, Provincetown.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Wood End Light, Provincetown.
Edgartown Light.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Edgartown Light.
Wings Neck Light, Pocasset.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Wings Neck Light, Pocasset.
Cape Poge Light, Chappaquiddick.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Cape Poge Light, Chappaquiddick.
Race Point Light, Provincetown.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Race Point Light, Provincetown.
Stage Harbor Light, Chatham.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Stage Harbor Light, Chatham.
Brant Point Light, Nantucket.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Brant Point Light, Nantucket.
Sankaty Head Light, Siasconset.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Sankaty Head Light, Siasconset.
Lewis Bay Light, Hyannis.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Lewis Bay Light, Hyannis.
West Chop Light, Vineyard Haven.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
West Chop Light, Vineyard Haven.
Sankaty Head Light, Siasconset.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Sankaty Head Light, Siasconset.
Long Point Light, Provincetown.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Long Point Light, Provincetown.
Nobska Point Light, Falmouth.
Photo/Art by Alison Shaw
Nobska Point Light, Falmouth.

See more of Alison’s work as well as information about this book and her other titles, at: alisonshaw.com

Updated Monday, July 15th, 2013
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