Sunrise at The Fastnet

neil williams


The most iconic lighthouse in the world? Perhaps.

But getting out to photograph it on a February morning isn't easy. I had a few weeks in Ireland with my camera, and this was at the top of the list. (I'm working on a Black and White photography book "The Shipping Forecast", and there was no way this book can go to press with out a shot of the Fastnet Rock and Lighthouse).

Any way, a dozen phone calls to charter a power boat, yacht,  fishing boat - anything-  and I was getting nowhere. So I drove the five hours to the nearest harbour Baltimore, a beautiful spot a long way from anywhere at the southern tip of Ireland only to find all of the boats lifted out of the sea for the winter. Nooo...

All, that is, except one well used little fishing boat bobbing bravely away. It turned out this belonged to the local bar and hotel owner Youen Jacob. He wasn't hard to track down, and a couple pints later this brilliant man, out of the goodness of his heart and taking pity on a fellow photographer, had agreed to drag himself out of bed at 5am on a winter morning and run me out into the cold Atlantic ocean for a dawn photo shoot of the Fastnet Lighthouse. What a man!


It was drizzling as we set out, but dolphins kept us company and the sea was kind. And finally the sun broke through...Wow. Thank you Youen.


We build everything ourselves in the gallery. The photograph is printed on the very best archival matte canvas and then left flat to dry for a few days. The great thing about a matte finish with no glass is that you have no distracting glare or reflections. It's a much more direct experience.

Whilst the print is drying we can get on with making the stretcher frame and the tray frame that the finished canvas will drop into. The tray frame is then hand painted.

Next the canvas is stretched over the stretcher frame. After that, we carefully paint the canvas edges with several coats of the same paint used on the tray frame, so they match perfectly. Then we assemble the canvas and frame, put a hanging wire on the back, and attach a Certificate of Authenticity. Finally Neil signs the piece front and back adding the title and edition number.

We use the very best materials, and I would expect my pictures to look exactly the same in 100 years. They won't fade in our lifetime. 


This picture is available as a framed stretched canvas, and comes in two sizes as detailed below. A shipping charge of £35 is added at checkout.

Large Stretched Canvas Framed in a White Tray Frame: £425

Limited Edition of 150

Framed Size 122cm by 71cm (canvas 114cm cm by 63cm)

XL Stretched Canvas Framed in White Tray Frame: £675

Limited Edition of 50

Framed Size is 163cm by 93cm  (canvas size is 155cm by 85cm).


Canvases can be rolled and shipped abroad unframed. Please get in touch for a quote.

Feel free to call Neil on 07957 473693 with any more questions, or email us at 

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