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

The @englandcricket team launched their new kit yesterday for the #CWC19 hoping it’s a winning one. This month, we are asking for your help to do your bit and fund our lifesaving kit. #MaydayEveryDay

A fine way to end the last mission!

Last week, @PaulBoissier retired as @RNLI’s Chief Exec. Paul and I spent an enjoyable afternoon back in 2015 making his portrait. So, I’m proud that both the Executive and Respect the Water Teams gave LSP prints to Paul as retirement gifts. Read more here: https://t.co/PqIp4RZJTd

What a beautiful print of @TenbyRNLI in the 1850s by Welsh photographic pioneer John Dillwyn Llewelyn (kindly sent my way by @fayemaher): https://t.co/IeN94mIDKz @metmuseum #RNLI

A unique view of crew from @PooleLifeboats taking part in an Atlantic capsize in the sea survival pool at our College. The RNLI college is where new and existing crew train to make sure they are ready to save lives at sea.

Take a peek at these wee gems. Looking forward to seeing the full range...

I'm in this (twice) - can you spot me?! https://t.co/Cirua2wbjR

On 12th April, our station was visited by Jack Lowe as part of The Lifeboat Station Project. @ProjectLifeboat #rnli #lifeboatstationproject

From Howth to Rhyl: After 4 weeks in front of computers, 54 glass plates are now ready from 11 @RNLI stations and nearly 5 weeks on the coast. Some might say this is a body of work in itself but it’s less than 10% of the project so far: https://t.co/PU41JR7VYM #RNLI #MissionGrid

That’s a small one: A fantastic nautical sight you’re always likely to see from @tynemouthRNLI. Having an organist to accompany the shipping was a fresh dimension, though! #RNLI + #EltonJohn

Congratulations to Paul — a fine curator of @CromerRNLI’s history too!

Would you know what do in this situation?

If you see someone in trouble in the water, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. #RespectTheWater https://t.co/RrSPwTN7C1

Fantastic team work by @HheadLifeboat to rescue this stricken yacht...!

Listening to @ErlandCooper’s latest offering ‘Sule Skerry’ whilst printing in the studio. Feels like the perfect accompaniment to my working day, lending a gentle new layer of gravitas and nostalgia to portraits like this one from Wicklow. Very moving... #SuleSkerry

What a great Sunday afternoon. I love naming ceremonies and for this one to end with a successful rescue was the icing on the cake:

“Cruel Sea: The @penleelifeboat Disaster” documentary on @BBCFOUR now…

Fancy a little ‘slow radio’ at the end of your weekend? The latest podcast I made in the studio on Friday should fit the bill! Find out how to access my podcasts (and support the project in the process) on this newly revamped page: https://t.co/IwvWZER54W #podcast #slowradio

Well, we had it all today! No sooner had the naming ceremony for @tynemouthRNLI’s new D class ‘Little Susie’ come to a close then the emergency pagers sounded. Read more in this evening’s Instagram post: https://t.co/i2mAjs3aAD #RNLI