The Sweetwater Seas - A Documentary About The Great Lakes

 

 

 

“If the wars of [the 20th] century were fought over oil, the wars of [the 21st] century will be fought over water.”
—Ismael Serageldin, August, 1995


The Sweetwater Seas

 

 

   
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grosse Pointe Lighthouse

Grosse Pointe Lighthouse on Lake Michigan. Done as part of The Sweetwater Seas - A Documentary About North America's Great Lakes sequences for the documentary I am Director of Photography for. Grosse Point Lighthouse stands tall on a bluff along Lake Michigan's western shore and was a major entrance light to the port of Chicago in the 1800's. Built in 1873 for roughly $32,000 in a newly formed town north of Chicago, Evanston, Illinois. The light and frenal lens were the most powerful ones on the Great Lakes as Grosse Pointe was deemed to be the most important lighthouse on Lake Michigan at the time. The beam could be seen 21 miles across the water on a good day safe guarding those ships passing the point known as Grosse Pointe named by the French traders in the 17th century. It was decommissioned in 1934 following the installation of an electronic mechanism to turn the light on and off. It still is in operation today.

 
   

 

The Sweetwater Seas