The world famous Hatteras Light was of course moved years ago from this spot at the edge of the Atlantic to a new site a half mile inland . That the Lighthouse has been preserved and restored is a good thing but I must admit, I do miss the fabulous compositions and perspectives of the Lighthouse that could be had when it was in in its original location. Now one can only accomplish such iconic views through trickery in photoshop.
I was reminded of this recently when I picked up a copy of “Hugh Morton’s North Carolina” at a library book disposal sale. Morton, who died in 2006, was an environmental developer and renown photographer of the film era. Flipping through his book which I would guess is long out of print, brought back memories of buying a loaf of bread then going to the beach upwind from the lighthouse, setting up the camera then tossing small chunks of bread into the wind and snapping the shot of the lighthouse with seagulls soaring; or wading out into the ocean at low tide with a wide angle lens to capture the light from an ocean perspective. At the time the move of the lighthouse was being debated, I shared Mr. Morton’s disappointment that more effort was not made to protect the light at its historic location. I’m glad the light survices but North Carolina lost a lot when it was moved.