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The Stars and Lights project began in the fall of 2013 with a simple photographic study of an unassuming lighthouse near our Rhode Island home. It grew into a collection of well over 165 lighthouses throughout the Northeast as far west as Buffalo, as Far East as the US-Canadian border in Lubec, Maine, and as far south as Cape May, New Jersey. Along the way was wonderful cooperation from private landowners, US Coast Guard personnel, local city and town officials from mayors to managers to harbormasters.

In December 2017, the first book "Stars and Lights: The Darkest of Dark Nights" was released to critical acclaim, and it has won numerous national and international book awards. The Stars & Lights Project has been adopted by the United States Lighthouse Society, and David Zapatka has been named an Ambassador for the organization. In December 2020, the project's second book, USA Stars & Lights: Portraits from the Dark, was released in cooperation with the USLHS. We hope to continue the night photography on the national level, and soon the entire collection will be available through the USLHS website.

I hope you enjoy these photographs and any can be purchased from me directly at [email protected]

Sept 2019
BarcelonaBluff Point, Valcour IslandBuffalo Main BuoyCharlotte GeneseeConey Island LandscapeCumberland HeadDunkirk LighthouseEatons NeckEsopus Meadows PortraitExecution RocksFire Island PortraitHorton PointHudson-AthensHuntington LandscapeJeffries Hook LandscapeLatimer Shoal Milky WayLittle Gull LandscapeLong Beach Bar PortraitMontaukNorth Dumpling Milky Way