Louisiana's Tchefuncte River, David Zapatka, Photography

Louisiana's Tchefuncte River - David Zapatka


16 x 24 - Metal Print - Framed 

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Tchefuncte River I had the honor of presenting Stars & Lights to the United States Lighthouse Society annual convention in New Orleans in 2018. I started researching possible subjects to shoot while in the area, and identified this historic Tchefuncte River Lighthouse in Madisonville, Louisiana, as one I might possibly capture—but I had to find a way to reach it as it is only accessible by boat. The first book, Stars & Lights: Darkest of Dark Nights, was featured in a national magazine published by BoatUS, and a few weeks before the New Orleans meeting, I received a call from a man having trouble ordering the book. Turns out, he lived around the corner from the lighthouse on Lake Pontchartrain and was willing to give me a ride to the location. We met at the town boat ramp on a rare clear night on the lake. It took a few short minutes to reach the lighthouse, and my new assistant helped by lighting the scene from where we’d tied his boat to some old dock pilings. I had shipped my waders to New Orleans so I could safely access the water for a reflection shot. This shoot occurred on my last night in the area. The next morning, I gave a talk about the project, and included a number of nighttime images of lighthouses from several of my New Orleans shoots during my visit.  A lighthouse has lighted this location since 1837, though it has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times over the course of its life. The current tower was finished in 1903. 


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