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

Nice one @RNLILoughRee 💪🏼 brilliant job by you all on #SavingLivesAtSea tonight https://t.co/OHIT7kXWcM

Lovely appraisal from an RNLI Helmsman with @TowerRNLI… #SavingLivesAtSea

A sad ending to tonight's #SavingLivesAtSea, despite a successful evacuation. Our thoughts and best wishes go to Michael, Shaun and all of John's family, as well as to the crew of @RNLILoughRee.

Another great episode of #SavingLivesAtSea showing a diverse example of just some of the skills needed, and how the crews work together in all sorts of situations. Great job, @RNLIBlyth @rnli_teddington @TowerRNLI @RNLILoughRee ⚓️#lifeboatfamily

Shucks. A stroke is pretty much my worst fear. Rest in peace, John. #SavingLivesAtSea

I find rescues like this current one with @RNLILoughRee on #SavingLivesAtSea quite surreal — moments ago the helicopter winchman was hundreds of metres up in the air. The lifeboat crew were just going about their business and have travelled at speed across the water. Amazing.

And the volunteers themselves are ordinary people doing extraordinary things… #SavingLivesAtSea

I so love watching #SavingLivesAtSea incredible stories achieved by such nice people. It’s like a breath of fresh air @RNLI

With time of the essence in the case of a medical emergency, every second counts as the crew of @RNLILoughRee race to the island #SavingLivesAtSea

That’s our volunteer crew back from exercise and we hope that you’ve enjoyed watching #SavingLivesAtSea whilst we’ve been out training #rnli

Ah, Romeo’s a good boy…! @TowerRNLI #SavingLivesAtSea

From rural Ireland to the heart of London, and our busiest lifeboat station @TowerRNLI. Fans of #SavingLivesAtSea might recognise volunteer crew member Holly, who joined the crew after assisting in a rescue in series 3. It's great to see her enjoying her new challenge.

“It was that that that size…” 😂 #SavingLivesAtSea

'The best bilge pump is a man with a bucket' - a low-tech solution from the @RNLILoughRee crew as they battle to save the waterlogged boat - but a very successful one! #SavingLivesAtSea

That's it in a nutshell, Catherine. It's about mutual respect and wanting to help no matter who the person is and what the circumstances are. #SavingLivesAtSea https://t.co/aL9ymjYxzX

'Everyone comes back off a boat and just slips back into normal life' - and it's just that that makes our volunteers so incredible when it comes to #SavingLivesAtSea. If you'd like to join them, there's a wealth of volunteering opportunities on our website https://t.co/a4YKOHOYbC

Phew, what a relief @rnli_teddington! #SavingLivesAtSea

I literally could not be more astounded by the work of the RNLI #SavingLivesAtSea

James from @rnli_teddington isn't sure that many people know his crew exists, but we've been saving lives on the Thames since 2002 #SavingLivesAtSea

Our volunteers have the support of fellow crew members in difficult situations, and can also call on assistance from over 60 colleagues who have been trained in TRiM, a specially-designed support programme for anyone involved with a potentially traumatic event #SavingLivesAtSea