Lifeboat Station Project

Lifeboat Station Project

The Lifeboat Station Project is Jack Lowe’s mission to visually document all 238 RNLI Lifeboat Stations using traditional Victorian photographic methods. This project will create a lasting historical record of the Lifeboat Stations and raise support for the charitable funding of the Institute. The aim is to join the RNLI community together and help unite Stations from different corners of the country to support the project.

Ambrotype Black and White RNLI Crew Photo

Victorian Ambrotype Photographs by Jack Lowe

The photographs will be taken using an old Victorian Ambrotype Wet Collodion Glass Plate photographic method from the 1800’s. The project begun in January 2015 and Jack hopes to create a group of the glass plate images of over a thousand and eventually exhibit the entire collection at one of the large Museums or Galleries, including a Lifeboat central showpiece and of course his trusty converted ambulance called Neena.

Jack Lowe Photo

Jack Lowe Taking Photo

The Lifeboat Station Project Mission to Photograph All RNLI Stations

Travelling in his converted mobile photographic studio and darkroom around the British and Irish varied coastline Jack documents Lifeboat Stations along his journey. His mobile darkroom is actually a converted ambulance emergency vehicle, which he uses to visit lifeboat stations where he artistically takes 3 photographs on 12×10 inch glass plates in the traditional Victorian way.

Lifeboat Photo Ambrotype

RNLI Women Photo

The selected trio of images usually include :

  • Stunning Boathouse Views
  • RNLI Station Coxswain or Senior Helmsman Portraits
  • Group Photo of all Crew (often including a Lifeboat)
Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Slipway
The jetty at Burnham-on-Sea used as the launch ramp by the RNLI, Thursday 2nd July 2015. The Lifeboat Station Project: 12×10 inch Ambrotype by Jack Lowe

Jack Lowe’s Lifeboat Photos Available to Buy

Limited Edition prints from the Stations that Jack Lowe has already captured on film are available to purchase from the project’s website. The proceeds of the sale of the photographs all go towards keeping Jack on the road and fund the continuation of his visits to RNLI Stations around the country. As the archive continues to grow Jack will be publishing volumes of books depicting his photos from around the country.

Aldeburgh RNLI Lifeboat Coxswain
Steve ‘Tag’ Saint, Aldeburgh RNLI Lifeboat Coxswain, Saturday 7th March 2015. The Lifeboat Station Project: 10×12″ Ambrotype by Jack Lowe

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