Jack Lowe

Jack Lowe


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

Station 120: Cooking on gas with @HowthRNLI today, culminating in the first crew portrait of the second half. I’ll be here for a little while longer as my proposed visit to @ClogherheadRNLI has sadly been postponed. Howth are keeping me busy, though...! #ProjectLifeboat #wetplate

👍Absolutely fabulous to bump into the awesome Jack Lowe from @ProjectLifeboat at @RamsgateRNLI this morning after completing Advice on Board sessions in the harbour. 🙌 @RNLI #WaterSafety #SundayMorning

Well, this is it. I’m on the road again...for a month! Read more in my latest Instagram post: https://t.co/GZjO0iWPuB #ProjectLifeboat #RNLI #LSP17

This is going to be a great meeting of great minds and a great adventure and we’re very excited @TobermoryRNLI https://t.co/ETvW37rfO2

Life on the Edge: I’m thrilled to tell you that I’ll be accompanying Nick Ray (@LifeAfloat) on a sea kayaking expedition in June, circumnavigating the ‘patch’ covered by @TobermoryRNLI. We’re aiming to raise at least £5K for @RNLI. Find out more here: https://t.co/WFAy3X5og0

@ProjectLifeboat It's one of our favourite photos...our Deputy Coxswain Rees Tom Jones with two of his children Manon & Ellis.....we love it! Families volunteering and #savinglivesatsea in #NewQuayWales #Ceredigion @RNLI @thetimes https://t.co/Xf6sInIf7c

Spotted in @thetimes: The portrait I made with the Jones family from @New_Quay_RNLI in a little piece advertising the @PooleMuseum exhibition running till 22nd April. Here’s my recent blog post about it: https://t.co/dw83psxefQ #ProjectLifeboat #RNLI #wetplate

Mission 17: Next week, I’m kicking off the fifth year and second half of my journey with @HowthLifeboat. See the full 🇮🇪 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 itinerary on the Mission Map: https://t.co/5qyER6ZBVr #ProjectLifeboat

Hmmm...the links I posted don't seem to show off the lovely pictures. Hey ho, you can also see them here via @WrenLdn where they're currently on display: https://t.co/JPJVTCBkk5

They say that "variety is the spice of life" but this is ridiculous.

Two peaceful projects by Paul Thompson have caught my eye lately...the first is called 'Navigate': https://t.co/S33BrykiAN #PaulThompsonNavigate

New itinerary: In 2017, I took the project to Ireland for the first time (pictured). Next week, I’m hopping across the Irish Sea once again, and I simply can’t wait to get back on the coast! See the full 🇮🇪 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 itinerary on the Mission Map: https://t.co/5qyER6ZBVr #ProjectLifeboat

In for a rough night. Force nine gusts from the south (with a bit of east). Already the boat is tugging hard on her lines and jumping around in a building sea.

Mostly endless happy memories, this journey:

Back down at @PooleMuseum and even though I've seen this portrait many times now, it's still terrific and a perfect one for #InternationalWomensDay. The marvellous @leafydumas photographed by @ProjectLifeboat. Part of the Calm Before the Storm exhibition of @RNLI images.