This photo is taken by Jean Guichard, one of the most renounce lighthouse photographers in the world.
It belong to one series of seven pictures, titled “La Jument“, is world-famous; it depicts the French lighthouse “La Jument” in a tempest; a wave is about to engulf the lighthouse as its keeper, Théodore Malgorne, thinking Guichard’s was the rescue helicopter, looks out the open door. He realized the mistake and returned inside in time.
When I first saw the images in Ikea last Saturday, I am so impress and stunt with the shot. The photo is enlarge into an A1 frame and place in an open space. The view was just breathtaking. What an awesome shot! Can’t imagine how it was like when Jean Guichard took the photo. He probably forgot to breathe as well. Same go to Théodore Malgorne, I am glad he managed to return inside in time. Else, what kind of tragedy it will be.
I pointed the shot to Jeff, Sherman and Tiffany and they all said this is digitally composed. It can’t be real! This is the problem when you show any extraordinary picture to computer graphic expert. We forgot the fact of nature is far more creative than a computer, because nature is the work of God, but CG is work of human. But somehow, I felt it was real, and I am right.
Beyond my fascination, the lighthouse is a protection of God. When the days are dark and times were bad, I anxiously find ways to solve my own problem with my own strength, outside of what God already place for me. Those ways, can be deadly.
“It is only when I walk out from His protection I realize what He is really protecting me from. I see the winds and waves that threaten to completely wipe me out. Only then, I realize the only safety is always in His arms.” Quoted By Jonathan Blundell, which I absolutely agree with him.
A little background story about the famous La Jument shot
La Jument Lighthouse was built in 1911 after the shipwreck of the Drummond Castle and countless other sea vessles. In 1896 an estimated 250 people were killed during one accident near the site. Its building was financed by a French entomologist (a specialist in insects) who almost drowned in another shipwreck.
He pledged that he would pay for the construction of the lighthouse if the work could be completed in seven years. The structure was completed and still stands against the high winds and waves that crash around it throughout the year.
What’s most interesting about the La Jument story, captured on film by Guichard, is the fact that the lighthouse keepers thought Guichard was coming to rescue them by helicopter. They had been in the lighthouse for some time and had sought rescue from the storm in the upper levels of the building.
Their hiding place was quickly erased as they watched the waves crash through the glass and wash many of their belongings out to sea. They remained hopefully that help would arrive, and were certain that Guichard was the safety they had waited for. But in his true time of need, Malgorne realized the only hope he had was to return to safety of the lighthouse as the waves crashed around him.
Reference taken from Jonathan Blundell