Point Lookout Lighthouse, located in St. Mary;s County Maryland on the northern side of the mouth of the Potomac River within Point Lookout State Park. The structure was built in 1830 and has been upgraded several times since. During the Civil War a nearby prison camp called Camp Hoffman was used to hold up to 20,000 Confederate soldiers. About 4,000 soldiers died at the camp, and their remains were interred near the lighthouse grounds. When threatened by erosion, the graves were relocated to a spot alongside Route 5, just north of Point Lookout State Park. The trauma and death associated with the prison camp may be responsible for the large number of strange, paranormal events that have been reported by visitors to the lighthouse. While I was there making this image, there was an open air, new age prayer service with a revivalist flair going on in the center of the grass at the lighthouse parking lot. The lighthouse. now owned by the State of Maryland, is gated with a tall chain link fence to protect it.
Sakai Toyo 5x7" large format metal field camera with 4x5" film back.
150mm Caltar-S II F 5.6 lens in Copal BT shutter.
Circular polarizing filter on lens.
Kodak Ektar 100 color negative film shot at ISO 100.
1/8th second at F32.
Developed using Unicolor C-41 color developing kit and Beseler 8x10 color print drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base.
4x5" negative scanned with Epson V600.