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

When working with @HMCoastguard during a rescue, transferring casualties takes huge amounts of skill and trust - rehearsing the procedure has always been a vital step in building both.

#Lifeboats #Helicopters #SearchAndRescue #RNLI #Coastguard #SavingLivesAtSea

Proud to be one of Megan McGurk’s guests in #HeroesOfTheMersey, the latest episode of the @MaritimeMuseum_ Podcast.

We covered many topics! Selflessness, courage, community, kindness…

Have a listen here (Megan introduces me around the 12m05s mark):

🎧 https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/stories/podcast-heroes-mersey

The @RNLI regularly risk their own lives to save strangers at sea. Can we learn a thing or two from their ethos? @ProjectLifeboat reckons so and hey, we do too!

🎧 The National Museums Liverpool Podcast @melodistraction http://bit.ly/3U6vnI8

#SavingLivesAtSea #MerseyRiver

From lifeboat postcards to prints, all purchases really help to keep The LSP afloat.

My creations are already heavily discounted at the hands of high inflation, so my prices will be staying the same this weekend and with the same great value as always! https://lifeboatstationproject.com/shop/

As 2022 enters its final stages so too does the fit out of the prototype SLEP boat. Stay tuned for news about upcoming trials! To whet your appetite here is an image of the SLEP wheelhouse with initial power up of new systems. #RNLI

Happy Birthday to Grace Darling!
207 years ago today, Grace was born three doors down from where the Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh is today.
Grace's remarkable life and bravery continue to inspire our incredible crews to this day. Find out more 👉 https://rnli.social/3XsGYnV

Really enjoyed giving an online talk to the Wilmslow Guild Photographic Society last night. This is what it looks like from my direction — to think this would have been a novelty as recently as three years ago!

Hurray for Cara! 🥳

Having aided 168 people and saved seven lives at sea with @Islaylifeboat, Cara has now also become a fully qualified #lifeboat coxswain. Indeed, she's the only serving female coxswain of an all-weather lifeboat in #Scotland.

#TuesdayVibes

As Twitter's future is so uncertain, I've been working on another way for you to stay connected with The Lifeboat Station Project. I'm pleased to say there's now a brand new feed dedicated to The LSP on Mastodon and you can find it here: https://toot.community/@lsp

Created by using the Wet Plate Collodion process and a decommissioned ambulance called Neena, @MrJackLowe's capture of St Davids' RNLI boathouses forms part of his project to photograph all 238 RNLI lifeboat stations on glass. You can see this image at The #Riverside Gallery.

More than 50 years ago, the first Blue Peter lifeboats went to their new homes. You’ll still find Blue Peter Lifeboats at @PortaferryRNLI and @RNLIFishguard.

To celebrate this partnership, here’s some #BluePeter moments we made earlier 🧵

From the archives: a blog post I published 7 years ago (almost to the day) about a very special visit to @CromerRNLI for the ultimate lifeboat experience a few days before turning 40.

This 3 minute read's called 'All Holding On?'

👉🏻 https://lifeboatstationproject.com/2015/11/17/all-holding-on/

#ThunderbirdsAreGo

If Twitter isn't rescued you can find us on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rnli
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/rnli/
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@rnli
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/rnli

(Maybe #Mastodon when we figure it out.)

A lovely order for several postcard packs has just come in. These sales REALLY help at the moment. If you'd like some beautiful lifeboat postcards from the project, here's the page you need (great for mini-exhibitions on your walls at home): https://lifeboatstationproject.com/postcards/

It looks as though Twitter may be imploding. If you’d like to keep in touch, here are the ways:

- Subscribe to my newsletter

- Become a member of The LSP Society (where I’ve built my own community app)

- Follow me on Mastodon

Links to all routes here: https://linktr.ee/JackLowe

On Sunday last,members of @DoverRNLI crew/their families took part in the Dover town remembrance parade to honour our fallen. The RNLI has played a crucial role in saving-life-at-sea in times of war & have rescued both friend and foe alike.

#RNLI #DoverRNLI #SavingLivesAtSea

I hear my friends at Wells RNLI lifeboat station in North Norfolk have started an exciting new chapter of saving lives at sea in their brand new station.

Their old boathouse is being decommissioned, which means that scenes like this from 2015 will now be consigned to history:

Today, we remember the 17 brave crew members of @RNLIRyeHarbour who tragically lost their lives #OTD in 1928.

The Mary Stanford lifeboat launched in heavy seas to a stricken cargo ship but capsized with the loss of all the crew.

#WeWillRememberThem #RNLI

Our lifeboat crews launched to save lives at sea during the First and Second World Wars. They launched 5,568 times and saved 11,708 lives during the conflicts.

20 lifeboat crew lost their lives due to enemy action.

#LestWeForget #WeWillRememberThem #RemembranceSunday

The UK has an incredible coastline just waiting to explored, as @ProjectLifeboat shares:

"We are blessed with a coastline as beautiful and varied as any in the world, and one that we can explore for a fraction of the emissions of a flight."
https://flightfree.co.uk/post/the-lifeboat-station-project/