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

So pleased to add one of these rare beauties to my collection — ‘Respect the Water’ in Welsh! #RespectTheWater #ParchwchYDŵr

The lifeboat volunteers of Redbay, Bangor and Larne immortalised on glass: three of the ten Northern Irish RNLI lifeboat stations featured in Postcard Pack No.11. Only 💯 packs made — available to order here: https://lifeboatstationproject.com/postcards/

A tiny insight into my lifeboat-related publications ⚓️

The lifeboat volunteers of Redbay, Bangor and Larne immortalised on glass: three of the ten Northern Irish RNLI lifeboat stations featured in Postcard Pack No.11. Only 💯 packs made — available to order here: https://lifeboatstationproject.com/postcards/

“I have an immense stake in this enterprise, and though many will share with me in the credit of our success, I should have to bear solely and very heavily, the blame of a failure.”
— the equally apposite follow-up to Brunel's words on the About page: https://lifeboatstationproject.com/about/

Yes! Thank you, postie! All set for 2022… ✊🏻🤓

Making my way along the North Norfolk coast in the second week of the project 7 years ago… ⚓️💭

While our day was coming to an end…

Just love clips like this and knowing it’s an exercise with @TynemouthRNLI (my local station) is the icing on the cake. Congratulations to @HMCoastguard once again on their 200th anniversary.
#CG200 🎉⚓️🎉

Just love clips like this and knowing it’s an exercise with @TynemouthRNLI (my local station) is the icing on the cake. Congratulations to @HMCoastguard once again on their 200th anniversary.
#CG200 🎉⚓️🎉

Love this. Love this project. #photography https://twitter.com/ProjectLifeboat/status/1482076578125426692

Happy 200th anniversary to HM Coastguard — thank you for being there! #CG200 🎉⚓️🎉

7 years ago today, and we still keep in touch after all this time.

John Fox, Lowestoft RNLI Coxswain, 14th January 2015, 12x10 inch Clear Glass Ambrotype [wet collodion positive]

Traveling in his mobile darkroom, it's a remarkable project where Jack aims to photograph all 238 @RNLI lifeboat stations around the coast of Britain on glass plates. He's done over 150 already.

Find out more here: https://lifeboatstationproject.com/

and watch this: https://vimeo.com/204760042