Boston Light, by Jeremy D’Entremont
Millions of people love to look at lighthouse pictures. A portion of those people actually get to visit a lighthouse in person. But most of these lighthouse lovers don’t realize the pictures and often those lighthouses themselves wouldn’t be there to enjoy unless someone photographed them or preserved them.
This year, I’ll be featuring “Lighthouse People” once a month on this blog. These are people who are actively involved with lighthouses, either in lighthouse preservation, as writers or photographers. I’ll hope you’ll enjoy meeting these people who inspire me.
If you want to know about lighthouses in New England, the man to ask is Jeremy D’Entremont.
A native of Massachusetts, Jeremy grew up on the coast near Boston where his love for lighthouses was inspired by the famous historian Edward Rowe Snow and his fascinating stories about lighthouses and the sea. When Jeremy worked in television, he produced an award-winning series about Snow’s life, which further “hooked” him, and soon he was giving tours at Boston Light.
The beauty of lighthouses captivated him and he became an avid lighthouse photographer. But as he learned about the human history of the lighthouses – the keepers and their families, he became involved in their preservation. He has authored over fifteen books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and maritime history, founded Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and is the historian of the American Lighthouse Foundation.
One of his most memorable experiences was when he flew in a helicopter with a Coast Guard friend to Grave Light in Boston Harbor when it was being converted to solar power. They landed on a tiny platform on the side of the tower, then climbed a 30-foot ladder to get to the doorway. Afterwards, they hovered over Boston Light where he was able to take some fantastic aerial photographs.