Highland Lighthouse: Cape Cod
July 8, 2012
This is what it takes to get a good shot.
The scene unfolds before the artist.
It seemed so close that FC Etier thought he could reach out and touch it.
His camera would have to do it for him.
Etier never knows when the next significant portrait of time or place or circumstance may appear.
But when it does, he has to be ready.
He had driven to the Highland Lighthouse on Cape Cod, and his eyes immediately framed the shot.
It was up to him to do the rest.
As Etier recalls, “If the railing I’m leaning against falls, the drop is over four hundred feet. Waves from the cold Atlantic crash onto the rocks down below as a constant reminder.
“I’m not afraid of heights and just of falling. But the wind was up and was pushing against my back as I wrapped the strap of my camera around my forearm and fist into a deathly grip. I was frantically seeking a more stable support for a sharp focus.
“The less violent surface of Cape Cod Bay on the horizon behind the lighthouse had a calming effect. The vacant sky and the leafless plants made the lighthouse lonely, and the wind invisible.
“But I could still feel it.”
Anyone who views his work of art can feel it.
It’s as though you are there if only through the lens.