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

A little something to power you into the weekend, especially if you’re in need of a #LifeboatFix! 🔊🆙

Found Footage Friday: While consolidating my film archive this week, I stumbled across the footage either side of a small clip that I’ve used a fair amount over the last 2 years — from my time on exercise with @YarmouthRNLI aboard their #ImperiousSevern in 2018. Here it is:

@ProjectLifeboat @Putt987 Some people can't pull up to the drive-thru that smoothly... without the 31.5 tons, F9 and walloping seas 😱

Bravo one and all...I’ll look forward to meeting you some day between now and the future, @RNLIAbersoch! And haste ye back, #SavingLivesAtSea
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Amazing seamanship from @Putt987 in this latest rescue on #SavingLivesAtSea

The weather can be wild in Lizard but, if @LizardRNLI receive the call, they have trained to handle rough conditions. Get your sea legs ready for this shout – the crew are certainly in for a rough ride! #SavingLivesAtSea

What a fantastic young man...thank goodness Alfie was wearing a lifejacket and had a means of getting in touch with the emergency services. And very well done @RNLIAbersoch. This is all such a tonic...a valuable ray of light. #SavingLivesAtSea

Simple instructions to remember 👇🏻

Seeing a ship sink is such a chilling sight...thank goodness the Sea Breeze was saved. Good work @LizardRNLI and @FalmouthRNLI... #SavingLivesAtSea 👏🏻

After 150 lifeboat stations, I’m yet to see a slipway that feels as vast as @LizardRNLI’s...it’s epic! #SavingLivesAtSea

In March 1907, the steamer SS Suevic ran aground on the Maenheere Reef. Crews from local stations including @LizardRNLI worked for 16 hours in thick fog and stormy seas to rescue 456 passengers and crew, in what became the biggest rescue in our history. #SavingLivesAtSea

Ah, great to see @LizardRNLI Coxswain @Putt987 on #SavingLivesAtSea

I’ve spent so much time on Loch Ness in my youth...I’m sure the water stays the same 🥶 temperature all year round! #SavingLivesAtSea

Eek...just turned on the telly in time for #SavingLivesAtSea and great to my friends from @lochnessRNLI doing what they do best...

Gawd, I miss you lifeboat guys and gals...not just the 80+ in these four glass plates but the 2500+ I’ve photographed so far and all those I’ve yet to meet when destiny allows! One day. But not yet, not yet... ⚓️💭

They're well on their way but can you help @NewhavenRNLI reach their fundraising target...?

Can't believe it's the final episode of this series of #SavingLivesAtSea 🌊 tonight 😭
Last brand new episode for a while, so make the most of it! ⚓💛
#RNLI

As always, watch until the end...

Gawd, I miss you lifeboat guys and gals...not just the 80+ in these four glass plates but the 2500+ I’ve photographed so far and all those I’ve yet to meet when destiny allows! One day. But not yet, not yet... ⚓️💭