ST JOSEPH, MI – The St. Joseph lighthouses soon will make an appearance in Staten Island, New York. Two photos of the iconic structures taken by Laura Kraklau of St. Joseph will be included in the “Lighthouse Stories and Tales of the Sea” National Lighthouse Museum and Creative Photographers Guild First National Juried Photography Show. The exhibition runs March 7 – 29, 2015, at the National Lighthouse Museum in Staten Island.
The “Lighthouse Stories and Tales of the Sea” exhibit pays homage, through photography, to the visual stories, tales, and history of the great lighthouses, bays, waterways, and seas throughout the world. Of the 550 pieces submitted for consideration, just 70 were accepted into the show.
“For me, the story of the St. Joseph lighthouses is one of strength and quiet resilience. That is what I was striving to convey through these photos. I’m honored the jurors saw that and chose to include these images in the show,” stated Kraklau. “It’s exciting to share the story of our lighthouses at a national level.”
In November, Kraklau released a coffee table book of photography about the pair of lighthouses. View 366: A Visual Story of the St. Joseph Lighthouses chronicles Kraklau’s journey of photographing the structures every day for an entire year. The 229-page book features a photo for each day of the project that spanned from August 2011 to August 2012.
Kraklau’s photography has also been featured in the Cook Nuclear Plant 2014 and 2015 calendars, at the West Michigan Area Show hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, and at the Michiana Annual Art Competition hosted by the Box Factory for the Arts. She is a member of the Berrien Artist Guild and has a studio at the Box Factory. In addition to her work in photography, Kraklau is a marketing professional who provides writing, marketing, and public relations services through her company, View 366 LLC.