Jack Lowe

Jack Lowe

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Jack Lowe is a photographer and Founder of the Lifeboat Station Project.

Inspired by his childhood love of lifeboats and photography, he has made it his mission to photograph every single lifeboat station (237 of them) and crew in the British Isles, using original Victorian glass-plate photographic techniques. Jack travels around the country in a decommissioned NHS ambulance (nicknamed Neena), which he uses as a mobile darkroom. It’s an extraordinary, unique and rather eccentric British adventure, with a singular purpose – to record and celebrate the bravery and hard work of the 1000s of volunteer lifeboat men and women who risk their lives to save others.
The project began in January 2015 and has already gathered a huge amount of publicity, from across the world, including on the BBC and ITV, the Times and the Telegraph, and is fully supported by the RNLI – see here:  lifeboatstationproject.com/press
The Lifeboat Station Project will not only provide an extraordinary photographic record of a unique institution (see the gallery section of the website here: lifeboatstationproject.com/galleries ) but also an opportunity to revisit the history of each station and to recount the many stories of rescues, tragedies and feats of bravery, as well as providing an unusual and unexpected portrait of our coastline.

The Lifeboat Station Project @ProjectLifeboat

Already a whole year on: a reminder of the final plate on that wet Sunday in Bangor — it was one of the biggest turnouts on the project so far too!

I'm @Ladyannafoster's guest this afternoon on @bbcnewcastle talking about my project and the #WithCourageExhibition. I believe our conversation's coming up in a few minutes' time — listen here via @bbcsounds: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_newcastle

It's very special to see people posting these memories. I've really missed working on the coast and finding it hard to wrap my head around the fact that this visit to @BangorLifeboat was a year ago today... 💭

Just a little over a month ago, I announced the #WithCourageExhibition with this video...now in the throes of final preparations for Norfolk at the weekend! Looking forward to speaking about it with @bbcnewcastle later today and @BBCNorfolk on Saturday: https://vimeo.com/449330207

1/ It’s been a while since I showed you a glass plate, so here’s a particularly special one from March last year — @HowthRNLI Station Mechanic Ian Sheridan with his two children, Astrid and Kai aboard the station’s Trent class lifeboat:

Sheesh! Just printed the last sheet — with some extra pieces I need, it's become 52 sheets rather than 44! I'm feeling very lucky to have got this far as it also transpires there's an HP ink drought. If you've got any HP70 ink cartridges do let me know...particularly MK! ◼️

32 sheets sponsored since Friday evening — just 12 sheets to go! Fancy helping to make the first #WithCourageExhibition poster happen? Head here, where you can also buy your own poster and learn how to make the glue to paste it up 👉🏻 https://lifeboatstationproject.com/posters/

1/ It’s been a while since I showed you a glass plate, so here’s a particularly special one from March last year — @HowthRNLI Station Mechanic Ian Sheridan with his two children, Astrid and Kai aboard the station’s Trent class lifeboat:

Watch out for unusually high 'spring' tides this weekend if you're going out for a coastal walk in the sunshine. Caused by lunar activity, such tides 'spring' forth with the greatest difference between their high and low points - meaning it's easier to get caught out & cut off.

The sea is very important too, Ed! Thank you for your kind contribution. I've updated the graphic to reflect it — just 13 to go 👉🏻 https://lifeboatstationproject.com/posters/

Friday 18th September 12:50pm.

The volunteer crew launched the Inshore Lifeboat to locate, assess and assist a casualty on a sailing vessel with a reported head injury in the vacinity of the River Yealm.
Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
please visit http://rnli.org.

A week today, in fact. Can't wait to hit the road in Neena again...and neither can she! 🚑💨

Five years ago. Goodness. I was (just about) in my thirties then! @PooleLifeboats are asking for stations to reply to these tweets with the photographs I've made with them — this could be some thread!

Launched at 6pm yesterday evening, I'm bowled over that 28 out of the 44 sheets for my inaugural #WithCourageExhibition poster have already been sponsored! Just amazing. Thank you. Just 2 rows and 16 sheets to go... 👉🏻 https://lifeboatstationproject.com/posters/

WOW...thank you! Cycled home from the studio to find my inaugural poster's already halfway to being sponsored inside 90 minutes! 💥

HOT OFF THE PRESS: Sponsor my giant #WithCourageExhibition posters and/or buy one of the new commemorative posters of 'Lucy Lavers' to paste to your own wall — this new page even includes instructions on how to make your own wheat paste! https://lifeboatstationproject.com/posters/

Just in! New leaflets to complement the inaugural giant poster I’m pasting up for @RescueWoodBoats in Stiffkey, North Norfolk 👉🏻 https://lifeboatstationproject.com/big-poster-of-a-little-ship/

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