The origin of the lighthouses is historically linked to maritime navigation since ancient times. Its name in Spanish comes from ancient Greek, referring to the Egyptian island of Faro near the port of Alexandria; of which Homer speaks of her in the Odyssey when she disembarked on an island whose name she did not know, asking a villager who was the owner, the Egyptian replied Pera'a (in Egyptian, Pharaoh); but he understood Pharos (he was still hard of hearing), and that's where the headlight epics around the world begin.
From land, from the sea, from the air, the lighthouses are tremendously attractive for their elongated vertical shapes, mostly in the middle of nature. Which come alive at the beginning of the sunset until after dawn, making it look more intense when night comes. Those navigators who return to the port or who are sailing along the coast, are aware of the value of those night flash cycles coming from land that identify them with their own name; about 10 or 50 miles offshore, they are placed on the right path to a safe harbor, … they mark the distances to the shoals. It is magical to hear that phrase on board: "I do not see it, do not see it …, …, I see it, I see it … Lighthouse on track!"
Another mysticism is when they are engulfed by the mists, the luminosity of the lights of their lamps fades in their thicket, only at that time the headlights speak through their foghorn; emitting hoarse sounds with guidelines that can be heard about 25 miles away (like the "cow" of Cape Finisterre). That each one defines them as: "… strange sound when there is fog, … a sepulchral sound, … in the vicinity make you vibrate …".
There are other languages that also immerse themselves in the lighthouses to evoke their veneration, one of them is photography; Through it you can convey emotions, sensations, impact, communicate, talk without speaking. And for this the photographer must have a very special sensitivity when his eye focuses on that inert object, and after the "click" that body comes alive.
That ability to give life to a building on the edge of the sea is also possessed by some photographers such as Felix Gonzalez Muñiz traveling through the northern peninsula; embodied in his latest bird-eye photography book that he has just published, in a square format (27.5×27.5 cm.) with 76 full-color pages, entitled: "" Lighthouses of the Bay of Biscay "- New Aquitaine, Euskadi, Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia ».
A route of about 800 kilometers (432 nautical miles) off the coast of the Cantabrian coast, where there are 42 lighthouses that are fully operational from the mouth of the French river of Adour, near Bayonne, to Estaca de Bares on the Galician coast, as well prologue the captain of the Merchant Marine José Manuel Díaz.
«The lighthouses and their crew. “It is difficult to get an idea today of what it means to navigate in past times. It is not necessary to go back to the time of the Greeks … in the nineteenth century two out of three British sailors died exercising their profession, simply because of the hardness of life on board, drowned, victims of the storms that sank ships or episodes From man to water. An expensive tribute … It would not be until the Industrial Revolution when the technical advances and the increase in maritime traffic led to the appearance of the first lighthouses as we understand them today … The lighthouses were inconceivable without their fareros, … bold professional who acted as captain, chief of machines, radiotelegrafista and countermaster of his “ship” stranded on land. … Progress has been carried out many trades, including the noble profession of lighthouse keeper, and there are already very few "manned" lighthouses … ».
It can be purchased through the website https://www.fotofelix.com/?portfolio=faros-mar-cantabrico for an amount of 37 euros, shipping included; more information on the telephone number 629 794 393. (tagsToTranslate) veil (t) headlight (t) lined