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There are bridges and there are bridges: I’ve been working in a really special spot today. The Forth Bridge (a @unesco World Heritage Site) dominates the skyline right beside @rnliqueensferry and this iconic feat of engineering was crying out to be my first glass plate of the day. I haven’t been able to take my eyes off the bridge since arriving yesterday...and now I can’t take my eyes off this gorgeous new plate! True to form, you can see every brick and bolt. If you’d like a print, it won’t be on the site till next month, but you can head to my Limited Edition Prints page and choose the ‘Reserve a Print’ option. Number 3/50 has already been reserved today but the rest are available. Swipe to see the crew photograph we made a couple of hours later, the bridge forming a unique backdrop to the Queensferry lifeboat volunteers. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #queensferry #forthbridge #unesco #unescoworldheritage #unescointheuk

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

1 Day 16 Hours Ago

This is one of those “Where do I start?” moments. It’s been a great mission so far with @rnli_anstruther at the start of the week and @rnli_kinghorn since Thursday. And, yet again, it’s almost impossible to convey how much has happened over the last few days. We’ve made great plates together and last night I looked on as the crew I’ve been photographing responded *twice* to emergency calls from the Coastguard. In between all this, I couldn’t resist jumping in my kayak to paddle to Inchkeith, the island in the middle of the Firth of Forth pictured in the first photograph here. It doesn’t look far, does it? But it’s around 2.2 nautical miles and took me just under an hour in each direction to make the journey, navigating tidal currents and shipping. It was the first time I really tested the cedar Greenland paddle made for me by a friend. Swipe a bit and you’ll see all the oiling I’ve been doing worked a treat! Anyway, a busy busy time. I’ll post more later but have a swipe through these highlights where you’ll also see that one of the last tasks today is to prepare another ten sheets of glass ready for @rnliqueensferry tomorrow. As ever, I can’t wait! Special thanks to Leanne and Stewart for looking after me so brilliantly over the last few days — the first picture shows the amazing view from their house! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #firthofforth #inchkeith #kinghorn

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

4 Days 24 Hours Ago

Hot off the press: This is the newest plate on the project, made just a few moments ago. It’s a beauty, IIDSSM, depicting the view from @rnli_anstruther. So busy and detailed for such a gentle scene: the ‘Lifeboat Launching’ sign; the St. Ayles skiffs (this is where they’re from); the slipway; the floodlights; the guard rails; the lighthouse...the list goes on. And true to form, the obligatory seagull is perched on a lamppost over on the breakwater. The process is working beautifully too. I’m incredibly grateful for that — it’s always a thrill to make an immaculate handmade photograph on glass. Anyway, time to pack up now and move on to @rnli_kinghorn ready for tomorrow. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #anstruther

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

5 Days 14 Hours Ago

A fine start to Mission 18 today with @rnli_anstruther. Huge thanks to everyone for all your help and patience. Feel really proud of the photographs we made together — a unique overview of your station before another beloved Mersey class is decommissioned after decades of steadfast service. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #anstruther #merseyclass #lifeboatmanoeuvres

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

6 Days 15 Hours Ago

On 10th June 2018, I was in Buckie. Hard to believe that was 30 lifeboat stations ago! Exactly a year later, I’m back on the east Scottish coast in @rnli_anstruther (called ‘Ainster’ locally) at the start of Mission 18 and ready for my 131st station tomorrow. Well, I’m almost ready — after the four hour drive north from Newcastle, just the small matter of polishing ten sheets of glass, which usually takes an hour or so. I’d better get on it! If you’d like to see all six dates and locations for the next fortnight, head to the Mission Map via my profile. Photo with the Buckie lifeboat by @jasonhedgesphotos / The Press & Journal #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #buckie

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

7 Days 23 Hours Ago

"180!” 🎯 Over the moon with the recent flurry of new patrons — 180 of you are now helping to fund my project, making a massive difference to such a huge undertaking. Thank you to everyone who’s taken that step. The new pledging structure seems to be helping too as I head towards my target of 500. I’ve changed my profile link so that you can take a look. Pictured: Photo by Duncan at my 100th station, Valentia, in September 2017. That was the last one I visited under my own financial steam...@rnli_kessock (station 101) was the first with the financial help of my patrons in June 2018. ✊🏻 #lifeboatstationproject #lsp14 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #keepartalive

The story of the brave, selfless @rnli lifeboat volunteers is told in many ways. Books, magazines, social media and me are just a few. In recent years, there’s also a BBC television programme that you may have seen called ‘Saving Lives At Sea’, a fly-on-the-wall documentary combining onboard footage with moving interviews. I love meeting many of the extraordinary people who’ve been featured and, of course, they often appear in my own photographs. During my visit to Conwy on the North Welsh coast in April, I had my first opportunity to make a specific ‘Saving Lives at Sea’ portrait of Jasmin, Greg and Alan. You might remember Greg and Alan recounting the story of a rescue in the river outside the station. Jasmin, Greg’s daughter, also brilliantly told viewers what it was like to have a Dad who volunteers on the lifeboat. Powerful stuff. And don’t they all look great together outside the station? #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #wales #conwy #rnlifamily #savinglivesatsea

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

10 Days 23 Hours Ago

From Howth to Llandudno: Portraits I made on 12x10 inch glass featuring some of the inspiring RNLI women I met during my journey in March and April. See the ‘Women of the RNLI’ collection in the galleries via my profile link. Almost time to hit the coast again...setting off for Scotland on Monday! Pictured stations: Howth, Skerries, Trearddur Bay, Holyhead, Moelfre, Beaumaris and Llandudno. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #ireland #howth #skerries #wales #anglesey #holyisland #trearddurbay #holyhead #moelfre #beaumaris #llandudno #rnliwomen #inspiringwomen #womeninsar #sarwomen

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

15 Days 4 Hours Ago

035/050: In my last post, I mentioned the prints I donate to the stations I visit. That’s usually print No.1 of the Coxswain/Helms and the crew but last month we agreed on a different number for one particular station to mark a special occasion — 035 in honour of Annie Blaker’s retirement from @rnli_wicklow. Swipe to see her hull number on the print of the crew with their treasured Tyne class, one of the full set I’ve donated to the station as they move into their new chapter of saving lives at sea. Thank you for all your help, Wicklow! Pictured: Coxswain Nicky Keogh and the crew on 12x10 inch glass. See all the photographs at lifeboatstationproject.com (via profile link) where you can even download sound recordings of Annie Blaker’s Detroit engines. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #ireland #wicklow #annieblaker #tyneclass

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

17 Days 19 Hours Ago

Landing this week: This is what my print table looked like on Tuesday after making all the prints that are now winging their way to @howthrnli, @skerriesrnli, @rnli_wicklow and other folks across the UK! The rhythm of the project has become very distinctive. In broad terms, it moves between coastal life and studio life — several weeks away from home making new photographs, then a similar amount of studio time making the print orders, which have been the mainstay of the project’s funding since Day 1. The process of printing, signing and packaging is very detailed. It takes a long time but I find it SO rewarding to see them all wrapped up, ready to carry a new wave of enjoyment to their recipients. They’re not all sales, though. 14 of the prints pictured in this pile are donations to the lifeboat stations as my ‘thank you’ to them. After all, without their help, I couldn’t have made the photographs at all! More on that in my next post. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #keepartalive

(@_jeanne.surtak8ffe66)

20 Days 3 Hours Ago

Vintage or contemporary? Here’s something you may like to ponder over your holiday weekend: At very first glance, my photographs look like they were made a long time ago, don’t they? After all, I’m using a process invented by the Victorians. But after a second or two, people come to realise that they must have been made recently. Why? Because they start spotting the visual clues: modern equipment, clothing, buildings and even the excellent fact that many lifeboats are crewed by women, which certainly wasn’t the case back in the 1800s. When describing my photographs, some mistakenly call them “vintage”. This happens a lot in the press, for example, with headlines like “Vintage photographs of lifeboat crew snapped with Victorian camera”. It’s easily done, of course, and it’s not the easiest experience to try and describe to a new audience. However, my photographs aren’t vintage at all — in the moments they appear on glass, one of the really overwhelming sensations for whoever’s witnessing the magical process is that the pictures are utterly brand new. They look old but they’re not! Very confusing for the poor old brain box. This is something that people seem to enjoy trying to get their heads round. When I discuss it on my journey, I often mention that we wouldn’t say to a painter, “That’s a beautiful ‘vintage’ painting you’ve just made!” Ditto drawing, pottery or sculpting — all processes that have been around longer than photography. Anyway, there’s a great word that describes what’s going on here: the strange sensation of something appearing to be from an older period than it actually is, and that word is “anachronistic”. So, even though the process dates from 1851, my photographs are among the most contemporary on the planet! Food for thought? Pictured: Mechanics of @rnli_llandudno on the station’s state-of-the-art Shannon Launch and Recovery System (SLARS), 12x10 inch Clear Glass Ambrotype, 11th April 2019 In the mood for learning more? I answer some more questions via my profile link. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #hellyhansen #wales #llandudno #rnlisha

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

21 Days 18 Hours Ago

Vintage or contemporary? Here’s something you may like to ponder over your holiday weekend: At very first glance, my photographs look like they were made a long time ago, don’t they? After all, I’m using a process invented by the Victorians. But after a second or two, people come to realise that they must have been made recently. Why? Because they start spotting the visual clues: modern equipment, clothing, buildings and even the excellent fact that many lifeboats are crewed by women, which certainly wasn’t the case back in the 1800s. When describing my photographs, some mistakenly call them “vintage”. This happens a lot in the press, for example, with headlines like “Vintage photographs of lifeboat crew snapped with Victorian camera”. It’s easily done, of course, and it’s not the easiest experience to try and describe to a new audience. However, my photographs aren’t vintage at all — in the moments they appear on glass, one of the really overwhelming sensations for whoever’s witnessing the magical process is that the pictures are utterly brand new. They look old but they’re not! Very confusing for the poor old brain box. This is something that people seem to enjoy trying to get their heads round. When I discuss it on my journey, I often mention that we wouldn’t say to a painter, “That’s a beautiful ‘vintage’ painting you’ve just made!” Ditto drawing, pottery or sculpting — all processes that have been around longer than photography. Anyway, there’s a great word that describes what’s going on here: the strange sensation of something appearing to be from an older period than it actually is, and that word is “anachronistic”. So, even though the process dates from 1851, my photographs are among the most contemporary on the planet! Food for thought? Pictured: Mechanics of @rnli_llandudno on the station’s state-of-the-art Shannon Launch and Recovery System (SLARS), 12x10 inch Clear Glass Ambrotype, 11th April 2019 In the mood for learning more? I answer some more questions via my profile link. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #hellyhansen #wales #llandudno #rnlishannon

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

23 Days 18 Hours Ago

As you may have seen from my ‘mission grid’ a couple of posts ago, there are A LOT of new photographs for you to see! I’ll highlight some of them over the coming days but remember that you can see the photographs from all 130 of the stations I’ve visited so far in the Galleries via my profile link. I published the photographs from @rnlirhyl on Tuesday, my 130th station. So I reckon it seems appropriate to end the week with the crew photograph we made together just over a month ago, also the final one of Mission 17. Swipe to see a behind-the-scenes moment observed by @jeff.nagle.12 as I hollered my final instructions to the crew! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #wales #rhyl

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

25 Days 19 Hours Ago

This time last week, Paul Boissier retired from his role as @rnli’s Chief Executive. Paul and I spent an enjoyable afternoon together back in September 2015 making his portrait at the All-Weather Lifeboat Centre. Nearly four years later, perhaps you can imagine my sense of pride when the RNLI’s Executive Team chose to purchase a limited edition print of my @dungenessrnli crew portrait as their retirement gift to him (swipe for a reminder). I numbered the print 10/50, a nod to Paul’s decade at the charity. Then came the icing on the cake when I saw that the Respect the Water Team also gifted my portrait of Evan Chrisp to Paul (swipe once more)...I hope he’s got enough room for it all! Thank you for everything, Paul, and best wishes in your next chapter. #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #savinglivesatsea #respectthewater #paulboissier #dungeness

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

26 Days 19 Hours Ago

From Howth to Rhyl: Here you see my very first ‘Mission Grid’. I’m always trying to think of new ways to show you my journey, to keep it interesting and convey just how big it is. Also, to illustrate why I call my trips ‘missions’ rather than simply ‘trips’. I hope you generally get a sense of that but this is perhaps the simplest way that I’ve thought of so far — to put all the new photographs into one grid in the order that I visited the stations, from Howth in Ireland to Rhyl in Wales. So, here you have it. After four weeks or so in front of computers, 54 glass plate photographs from 11 lifeboat stations and nearly 5 weeks working on the coast in March and April. Some might say this is a body of work in itself but, remember, this is less than 10% of the project so far and it’s one more photograph than my entire exhibition at Poole Museum…and this doesn’t include all the private commissions I made along the way to help fund the journey! The grid might also go some way to illustrate why there’s very little downtime when I return home. It takes about as long as the mission itself to scan the glass plates and publish them on the website (only once I’ve built the new web pages to host them, of course). I could go on! Suffice to say, I’m feeling pretty chuffed to be up-to-date this evening. Tomorrow’s a new day, when it’ll be time to crack on with the print orders. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #hellyhansen #ireland #wales #anglesey #portrait #withcouragenothingisimpossible #savinglivesatsea #missiongrid

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-05-18 02:37:19

Very wet plate collodion: It was all worthwhile (see previous post), as our efforts resulted in this portrait of the @holyhead_lifeboat lifeboat volunteers, also the latest portrait to include a station hound — this one’s called Bella. Can you spot her? #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #wales #anglesey #holyisland #portrait #hellyhansen #holyhead #lighthouse #landrover #landroverdefender

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-05-14 09:51:26

‪How much *can* we fit into one portrait?‬ It could only be one place and one man: @holyhead_lifeboat’s Tony Price!‬ We had a great time making Tony’s portrait and it’s probably fair to say there’ll never be another like it! What you can’t see here is the rest of the crew looking on with big smiles out of frame to the left. A great day all round. See the full set nestled within these galleries via my profile link or here: lifeboatstationproject.com/galleries #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #wales #anglesey #holyisland #portrait #hellyhansen #holyhead #anchor #landrover #landroverdefender

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-05-12 11:18:02

‪Angelsey’s Holy Island: Some locations lend themselves particularly well to the air of Victoriana conjured by wet plate collodion, like the newly-published photographs I made with @trearddurbayrnli in March — a set that christens the Anglesey print page: lifeboatstationproject.com/anglesey I’m so grateful to the crew for putting the rigs on the beach for me and us, creating a magnificent stage to show off this spectacular location. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #victoriana #wales #anglesey #holyisland #trearddurbay

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-05-11 07:45:52

One mechanic, two very different portraits: The ritual of making a glass plate photograph can often ‘formalise’ the finished image. Now that I’m more confident with the ritual, it’s going to be fun trying fresh approaches when the opportunities arise, things I’d never have attempted four years ago at the beginning of the project. This portrait of Colley is my first attempt at working ‘beyond’ the formality of wet plate to make an image that has the feel of a grabbed moment, a snapshot on 12x10 inch glass! My thanks to Colley for helping me with this...it was good fun thinking about the logistics and then executing the plan. Swipe to see the second portrait we made with my usual more honed approach — Colley sitting beside the old stone boathouse. Pop back to my previous post for a behind-the-scenes clip on the boarding boat. Both portraits now feature in the RNLI Mechanics gallery via my profile link or here: lifeboatstationproject.com/mechanics #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #dunlaoghaire #ireland

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-05-11 03:03:27

Honouring the humble boarding boat: At many stations, it’s impractical for the lifeboat to be moored alongside a dedicated pontoon, so the crew need a smaller boarding boat to reach it from the shore. At stations like Dun Laoghaire (pronounced ‘Dunn Leary’), the boarding boat becomes a large part of the mechanic’s working life. After all, people like Colley in this clip still need to carry out their daily and weekly checks wherever the boat is moored! This moment was a real highlight with Colley when we tried something new on my journey — seeing if we could make a portrait to highlight this aspect of his working life and as a tribute to the humble boarding boat. A wet plate mini adventure. Yesterday, I published all the Dun Laoghaire photographs on the website and completed the County Dublin page. I’ll share the two portraits Colley and I made together a little later today. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #ireland #dunlaoghaire

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-05-10 09:52:09

Good things come on Fridays: How wonderful to receive this today from the RNLI Heritage department — the comments book from the exhibition at Poole Museum, which is mine to keep. So much amazing feedback in just three months from people of all ages. What a way to end the week. #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #poolemuseum #calmbeforethestorm #hlfsupported

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-05-09 10:37:30

Remember Dun Laoghaire? The glass plate photographs are very nearly ready to publish on the website, which will complete County Dublin. More news tomorrow. I’ve also paved the way for the coming days by building the brand new Anglesey page. I’ll pop an image in my Story in a mo, complete with a swipe-up-able link for a sneak preview. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #ireland #dunlaoghaire #sunset

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-05-08 09:39:00

The world as I see it...upside down and back to front! Swipe for a glimpse of the finished plate of Annie Blaker silhouetted in the boathouse doors. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #ireland #wicklow #tyneclass #annieblaker

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-05-07 11:04:34

Annie immortalised on glass: Just over a week ago, the last Tyne class lifeboat in the @rnli fleet left @rnli_wicklow, saving 408 lives during her 30 years’ service. The limited edition prints of the glass plate photographs I made in March will be available on the brand new County Wicklow page from 3pm today (Monday) via my profile link. You can preview the photographs there now and see a real moment on the RNLI timeline. To mark this historic occasion and to thank the crew for their help, I'll be donating a full set of the prints to the station for their boathouse wall, which I hope will help them to fondly remember their treasured Annie. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #ireland #wicklow #tyneclass #annieblaker

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-05-05 10:31:20

I’m pleased to report that the photographs I made in March with the fine folk of @skerriesrnli on the east coast of Ireland are now on the website in the usual places — the Galleries, Mission Map and Limited Edition Print pages. Pictured: Conor, Philip, Frosty and Rob, the volunteer helmsmen of Skerries @rnli lifeboat, 23rd March 2019, 12x10 inch Clear Glass Ambrotype. Next up? @rnli_wicklow tomorrow including the historical photographs of the last Tyne class lifeboat, Annie Blaker. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #ireland #skerries

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-05-04 09:02:52

Coming up: Remember the wee clip of @rnli_wicklow mechanic Brendan Copeland listening to the recording of the Tyne class lifeboat he’d looked after for 30 years? Well, he’s a very humble chap, initially shying away from having his portrait made. I’m glad we were able to win him round to make the 12x10 inch glass plate you see pictured here. Another beautiful moment in history and one of the photographs soon to be published on the website along with the rest of work I made in Ireland. As an aside, you’ll see Brendan’s wearing the new @hellyhansen all weather kit. This was the first mission where HH was the norm and Musto the rarity. The project has become a record of so much transition within the RNLI at so many levels, something I didn’t anticipate at the beginning. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #hellyhansen #ireland #wicklow #annieblaker #tyneclass

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-29 09:16:51

Whoop whoop! There’s so much to do at every stage of this big ol’ project but...YES!...I’ve now prepared the first set of scans from Mission 17 and finished building the new web pages to host them. First up? My visit to @howthrnli from 19th to 21st March featuring these fine folk. See the full set in the usual places via my profile link — the Mission Map, Galleries and Limited Edition Print pages. Pictured: Fin Goggin, Colm Newport, Ian Sheridan and Fred Connelly. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #rnliwomen #ireland #howth

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-28 10:48:27

A moment in maritime history: ‪Annie Blaker finished 30 years’ service with @rnli_wicklow today. I’m incredibly grateful for last month’s opportunity to immortalise the last of the Tyne class lifeboats on glass, helping Annie to be enjoyed and remembered for generations to come. The photographs from my visit to Wicklow will be added to the web galleries over the next few days, following Howth and Skerries. Stay tuned! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #ireland #wicklow #tyneclass #annieblaker

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-27 03:27:17

The power of sound at the end of an era: It's an emotional weekend coming up for @rnli_wicklow. Before leaving the station exactly one month ago, I edited the sound recording of Annie Blaker that I'd made the previous day. After 30 years' service, she's the last operational Tyne class on the network. I wanted the recording to be a parting gift for the man I knew would love it the most — Brendan Copeland, the Station Mechanic who’s looked after 'Annie Blaker' for all that time. I handed Brendan the headphones. Watching him listen to the recording was a joy. Furthermore, it’s the first time the station are aware of her legendary Detroit engines being recorded like this. After an emotional listen, Brendan said: “Beautiful isn’t it? How would you get better than that? The little growl on her. Lovely.” I couldn’t have wished for a better compliment. One day, my sound recordings will be part of the completed project. While I’m thinking about the best ways to incorporate them into the book and final exhibition, I publish previews of the work in progress to my patrons who, in turn, are helping to fund the project, enabling me to reach that final lifeboat station in a few years' time. You can become a patron too and hear my podcasts for the price of a monthly cuppa, including the very same recording that Brendan heard. Find all the links you need (including three free episodes) on the revamped Podcasts page via my profile link. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #tyneclass #ireland #wicklow #endofanera

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-26 08:40:15

Wishing you all a contented weekend. Looking forward to spending a large slice of ours with these gentlemen who’ve made their way from one fine city to another. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp14 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #scotland #aberdeen

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-23 09:57:27

Glass time capsules: The rhythm of the project is taking its course and scanning of the latest plates is now in full flow. Looking at the @howthrnli ambrotypes for the first time since making them on 19th March has brought the memories of my visit flooding back. A few years ago, I described ambrotypes as ‘glass time capsules’, a phrase I haven’t used for a while but it’s a notion that’s hit me again today. The plates are so rich and crisp that I feel transported right back to the time I spent with the excellent people you see pictured here. I can hear their voices, the banter, the laughter. I can even feel what the weather was like, including that gorgeous fresh evening air on the east coast of Ireland. Just one of the reasons why wet plate collodion is so special to use — it’s the process that keeps on giving! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #howth #ireland #timecapsule

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-18 13:13:46

Museum piece: This weekend is your final opportunity to see the 'Calm Before the Storm' exhibition hosted by @poolemuseum, including the silver nitrate stained @labourandwaitlondon apron I wore for the first half of the project. It also features the first public showing of 'Lifeboat Slipways 2015-2018' otherwise known as ‘The 5000 Mile Artwork’. I’ve added a swipeable link in my Story to a blog post that tells you all about it. Enjoy! Photograph by Joe Williams. #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #poolemuseum #calmbeforethestorm #hlfsupported #labourandwait

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-14 12:45:28

Well, that’s it. Suddenly the sun is setting on Mission 17. After nearly five weeks, eleven stations, two countries and a splendid final day with @rnlirhyl, it’s nearly time to head home to Kath, my boys and the rest of my loved ones. This trip somehow feels particularly epic. To refresh your memories, it started with the @rnli_doverlifeboat supper followed by The One Show filming in Ramsgate (still waiting on the transmission date, by the way). The first station I photographed was @howthrnli on the east coast of Ireland after making that gruelling drive through the night to reach Holyhead in time for the ferry. If you have a spare moment, you might like to scroll back through my feed as I’ve just done. You’ll see special times with special folk making our very own good news story together in these tempestuous times. There’s so much to reflect upon and savour. I feel privileged to have met so many incredible people and to have made wonderful new friends — I’ll enjoy thinking about you all as I make the 200 mile journey back to Newcastle tomorrow. Thank you to everybody who’s helped along the way from the lifeboat volunteers to those that have spread the word, put me up...and put up with me! You’re all flying the flag for humanity. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #rnliheritage #sunset #wales #rhyl #flyingtheflag

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-13 00:51:17

Such an incredible boathouse here in @rnli_llandudno. One of the most modern on the network, it houses a D Class inshore lifeboat (ILB) and a state-of-the-art Shannon Class all weather lifeboat (ALB). It also successfully encapsulates the feeling of the station’s history and heritage — for example, you can see the original service boards from the old station hanging on the wall. Alun Pari Huws (one of the DLAs here) has gone to extraordinary lengths to make sure the visitor experience is engaging too. He’s really succeeded in his mission, ensuring the station is permanently shipshape too! Llandudno really is worth a visit if you get the chance. The icing on the cake for this particular visit is that The Lifeboat Enthusiasts’ Society AGM is being held here this afternoon. I’m looking forward to it, my very first one since becoming a member last year! 🤓 #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #rnliheritage #rnlishannon #rnlidclass #wales #architecture #llandudno

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-10 11:41:44

It’s been quite a trip so far! Huge thanks to the lifeboat volunteers of Conwy for helping me to make more special plates yesterday, culminating in this crew portrait complete with the station’s D Class lifeboat. As you can see, Conwy Castle provides a stunning backdrop. After nearly four weeks on the road, it’s time to prepare the glass for @rnli_llandudno, the penultimate station of Mission 17. Llandudno is a gorgeous spot just around the coast from Conwy where the crew have an epic new boathouse and state-of-the-art Shannon Class lifeboat. Stay tuned...I’ll keep adding to my Story shortly. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #wales #conwy #conwycastle

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-10 03:25:04

Sunny Saturday: I enjoy these scenes...seeing the crew passing the time for 10 minutes or so while I sensitise the glass plate for their portrait. This was the moment I marched back from Neena to the @beaumaris_rnli helmsmen, glass plate in hand. Swipe to see the finished plate and there’s plenty more to see from beautiful Beaumaris in my Story. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #behindthescenes #wales #beaumaris

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-09 04:06:21

‪Making photographs at the 128th lifeboat station on my journey today...Conwy. Come and say hello if you’re around! Making a portrait of the helms at 1pm and the crew later this evening from 4-5pm. You can indulge in a bit of #neenaspotting‬ too! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #rnliheritage #behindthescenes #darkroom #mobiledarkroom #dometic #mobilelivingmadeeasy #wales #conwy

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-08 09:47:51

Quick march: About to make the Moelfre crew portrait on Friday evening. The light was quickly fading in the gloomy weather but we managed to make a beautiful plate...and look at the amazing turnout! More scenes in my Story. I’ll be working at Conwy lifeboat station all day tomorrow if you fancy popping along to say hello. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #behindthescenes #moelfre #anglesey #wales

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-07 12:28:01

So much to show, so much to tell: It’s been non-stop since Thursday’s post from Holyhead, a time during which I’ve photographed two more magnificent lifeboat stations in quick succession...and in completely contrasting weather! It all started in gale force easterly winds at Moelfre on Friday (swipe to see the stunning exterior too), moving into bright blue skies with @beaumaris_rnli yesterday. By the way, thank you for all your messages during the slight ‘radio silence’. I’m absolutely fine...it’s simply been a very intense time pouring lots of collodion...😌...and I’ve reached the classic ‘8 station’ mark on the mission, traditionally a time to take stock and recharge for the final week. Just three @rnli stations to go now, starting with Conwy on Tuesday...ITV are joining us for the day too! Maybe see you there? Feel free to come along and say hello. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #behindthescenes #moelfre #anglesey #wales

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-04 12:07:43

Another @rnli lifeboat station documented and a dot on the map for @holyhead_lifeboat by Coxswain Tony Price. Thank you to everyone at the station for making it such a special visit! Next stop? Moelfre tomorrow (Friday)...let's hope this weather blows through! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #anglesey #holyisland #holyhead

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-03 11:04:58

Lifeboat crew? Check. Lighthouse? Check. Land Rover? Check. Breakwater? Check. Reflections? Check. Hound? Check. General nautical feel? Check. A closer look at the plate in yesterday’s video clip. It was such a great mini-adventure making this portrait with @holyhead_lifeboat — and a finished result that made us all very happy. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #holyhead #wales #thisisanadventure

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-02 13:10:34

It’s hard to find words for today but I’ll try my best: I can’t thank @holyhead_lifeboat enough for the unbridled support they’ve shown me over the last couple of weeks — as I passed through Holyhead on my way to Ireland (after that gruelling drive from Ramsgate) and then all day long today. Many people took time off work so that they could be around for my visit, a very moving gesture in itself. They’ve thrown themselves into it wholeheartedly...as a result, we’ve had excellent fun and every photograph’s been a cracker. In particular, making the crew portrait was a fantastic adventure from start to finish with a glass plate to match the experience. This video only begins to touch the sides of an amazing couple of hours while we made the crew portrait but it’ll give you a good idea...a few more scenes in my Story too. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #behindthescenes #holyhead #wales #neenaspotting #thisisanadventure

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-01 12:07:03

From the wash tray: We were all really chuffed with yesterday’s photographs including these two of the helms and women. All-in-all, a brilliant Sunday with @trearddurbayrnli. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #trearddurbay #wales #holyisland #anglesey

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-04-01 09:36:11

The days are rattling by at the moment and another station visit is suddenly over. As you can see, we set a truly glorious sandy stage for yesterday’s crew portrait with @trearddurbayrnli. And how amazing to see them respond at lightning speed to an emergency call from @hmcoastguard later that evening (see previous post). Now I’m the other side of Holy Island in Holyhead, preparing for @holyhead_lifeboat tomorrow. More scenes from the last 24 hours in my Story including a stay at the perfect @ty_bae_trearddur_bay. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #behindthescenes #trearddurbay #wales #holyisland #anglesey

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-03-30 11:40:12

The power of audio: Before leaving @rnli_wicklow, I made time to edit the sound recording of their Tyne class lifeboat. I wanted it to be a parting gift for the man who I knew would love it the most — Brendan Copeland, the Station Mechanic who’s looked after RNLB Annie Blaker for 30 years. This is the moment I handed Brendan the headphones. Watching him listen to the recording was a joy and, furthermore, it’s the first time the station are aware of her legendary Detroit engines being recorded like this. “Beautiful isn’t it? How would you get better than that? The little growl on her. Lovely.” Brendan says. That is so satisfying for me — I couldn’t have wished for a better compliment. One day, my sound recordings will be part of the completed project. While I’m thinking about the best ways to incorporate them, I publish previews of the work in progress to my patrons. You can become a patron too and hear them for the price of a monthly cuppa, including the very same recording that Brendan’s listening to here. Find all the links you need on my revamped Podcast page via my profile link. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #wicklow #ireland #tyneclass #soundrecording #powerofsound

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-03-29 12:28:55

Depending on the station, boarding boats can be a big part of lifeboat logistics. If the lifeboat’s on a mooring buoy, it’s the smaller boat that crew use to reach it from the shore. As you can imagine, at Dun Laoghaire the boarding boat is a real feature of the Station Mechanic’s daily routine, so I was intrigued to see if Collie and I could make a plate that represented this aspect of his lifeboat life. It worked a treat and was fun to make (see previous post). This one will go down as a ‘Mission Extra’ but we also made an excellent portrait of Colley, which I’ll share with you another time. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #dunlaoghaire #ireland #lifeboatlife

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-03-29 12:29:10

Colley and I have been on nautical photographic adventures today. We’ve had f-u-n. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #dunlaoghaire #ireland

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-03-27 13:19:40

1-2-3: I’ve made it to the 123rd station on my journey, Dun Laoghaire (pronounced ‘Dunn Leary’). It’s my final Irish station for the moment before I head to North Wales on Friday. Looking forward to working here tomorrow — I’ve even been a good boy and polished the glass already before it gets too late. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #ireland #dunlaoghaire #sunset

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-03-27 01:39:27

A slice of history: The @rnli_wicklow volunteers with their 30 year old Tyne class lifeboat, the last operational vessel of its kind in the Institution. This is a visit that came about with a chance meeting at the bar of the RNLI College back in January — 2nd Coxswain Ciaran Doyle (bottom row, third from left) said, “You should come to Wicklow and photograph our Tyne before she leaves in March!” Eight weeks later, here I am with these wonderful people and their incredible machine. The station’s Shannon class lifeboat is moored just around the corner, ready for the next chapter of lifesaving at Wicklow. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #wicklow #ireland #tyneclass

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-03-26 16:32:08

Did we go to sea aboard RNLB Annie Blaker? Yes! Did I manage to make a sound recording of those incredible engines? Yes! And we made some rather beautiful glass plate photographs too. Thank you to @rnli_wicklow for another incredible day on the coast and for ticking that final box in the most splendid way — I’ve now been to sea aboard every ‘modern day’ class of lifeboat. Mind you, I couldn’t decide which was noisier...the lifeboat or the jet wash at the end! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #tyneclass #wicklow #ireland

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

13 Days 13 Hours Ago

‪First sighting: Here’s the reason I was lured to Ireland on this occasion — @rnli_wicklow’s Tyne class lifeboat, the last of its kind on active service in the @rnli fleet. I can’t wait to photograph her on glass tomorrow...I’m hoping to record those legendary engines too!‬ #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #tyneclass #wicklow #ireland #lifeboatfix #lookatthoseaerials

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-03-23 10:47:33

Another fine day on the coast...and I had to put my yellow wellies on for this one — a portrait of four @skerriesrnli Helms, immortalised on 12x10 inch glass earlier this afternoon. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #skerries #ireland

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-03-20 12:46:47

It’s been an incredible start to Mission 17 — @howthrnli have been the perfect hosts. Station Mechanic Ian Sheridan commissioned me to make this portrait with two of his children today. It feels like a triumph...a true collaboration between Ian, his children and me. Only a handful of people have seen this plate in the flesh and it’s been an entrancing, arresting experience for us all. Such a special few moments in time. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #howth #ireland #rnlifamily

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-03-19 15:34:35

Station 120: Cooking on gas with @howthrnli today, culminating in the first crew portrait of the second half. I’ll now be here for a little while longer as my proposed visit to Clogherhead has been postponed. Howth are keeping me busy, though, so it’s all working out well! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #howth #ireland

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-03-15 02:41:22

Well, this is it. I’m on the road again...for a month! Before I head to Ireland on Monday, there a couple of engagements to attend, which means I’ll be driving some 800 miles between now and Tuesday. Stick around to see the story unfold...and you might want to keep an eye on my ‘actual Story’ for other wee details and observations over the coming weeks. Photograph by Matthew Andrews / PA #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #behindthescenes #thisisanadventure #neenaspotting

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-03-13 01:08:33

New itinerary: In September 2017, I took the project to Ireland for the first time starting with Dunmore East (pictured). Next week, I’m hopping across the Irish Sea once again to photograph five more stations. Then I’ll continue my work in another beautiful corner of the world, North Wales, adding seven more @rnli stations to the tally. It’s an itinerary that’s been a long time in the making. @rnli_doverlifeboat seems such a long time ago — as you may remember, it was the 119th station and the halfway mark. Now it’s nearly time for the 120th, @howthrnli, and I simply can’t wait to get back on the coast! See the full 🇮🇪 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 itinerary on the Mission Map via my profile link. #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #behindthescenes #dunmoreeast #ireland

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-03-02 09:11:45

In case you missed it through the week, I’ve written a new blog post that’s been a bit of a hit. It’s called ‘The 5000 Mile Artwork’ and it’s about the grid of nine lifeboat slipway photographs you can see pictured on the end wall. As ever, my profile link takes you there. #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #poolemuseum #calmbeforethestorm #hlfsupported #lifeboatslipway #buckieblue #5000mileartwork

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-02-27 09:00:29

Thanking Granny for teaching me to date and label my photographs when I first picked up a camera as an eight year old. One of the happy memories of the Private View that I’ve included at the end of my latest blog post introducing ‘The 5000 Mile Artwork’, a 7 minute read via my profile link. #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #maritime #nautical #heritage #behindthescenes #poolemuseum #calmbeforethestorm #hlfsupported #5000mileartwork #speech

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-02-27 04:26:15

Introducing The 5000 Mile Artwork: A slice of @rnli lifeboat history, a record of transition, a timeline of tragedy and hope. All is revealed via my profile link, which will transport you to my new blog post...the first in quite some time! #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #poolemuseum #calmbeforethestorm #hlfsupported #lifeboatslipway #buckieblue #5000mileartwork

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-02-16 10:56:22

Did you know that you can see two of my original glass plates in the ‘Calm Before the Storm’ exhibition at Poole Museum? It was fun watching people at the Private View who kept gravitating back to this cabinet — there’s something about them that really draws you in, and they look so handsome in the mahogany cases that @markvoce made for me. The camera that I first used to learn wet plate is also on display. It’s been deliberately placed at children’s eye level so that they can look through the back and see the outside scene projected upside down and back to front on the focussing screen. Maybe something a little different to go and see this half term? It’s free too! #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #poolemuseum #calmbeforethestorm #hlfsupported

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-02-13 00:33:19

The Mumbles Moment: This moment from March 2016 will be forever locked into LSP folklore. My face says it all but my thoughts will have been along these lines: “I’ve got a wet glass plate in my hand and some very patient crew standing at the end of a long pier in a rain storm. But will we actually be able to make a useable photograph?” Thankfully we did! Swipe to see it and then it once more to see a behind-the-scenes moment I also found. We were about to make the portrait of Martin Double that I posted over the weekend. Anyway, @themumblesrnli have been kind enough to post a Story about my work and that’s prompted me to share this happy memory with you. I’ve added their Story to mine, so take a look if you have a mo. Opening photograph by @johnels. #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #behindthescenes #themumbles #wales

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-02-12 00:58:58

Excited that the new postcards are due to arrive today...so all your orders (thank you) will be on their way in this evening’s post. This beautiful view of @rnlilerwick1710 features in the brand new Pack No.9 ‘Always on Call’. Lerwick’s Severn class lifeboat is particularly special as she carries a rare Gold Medal Service plaque (swipe to see it) in recognition of Coxswain Hewitt’s ‘conspicuous gallantry’ in 1997. Search ‘rescue of the green lily’ to see a video of the rescue. It’s real heart-in-mouth stuff. And remember to check out the new postcards. Some of the previous packs have sold out now but you can see what’s available via my profile link. #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #shetland #lerwick #imperioussevern

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-02-09 03:51:31

It’s the end of another full-on week of printing. Great to be sending them out to their new homes. Now the exhibition’s up and running (see profile link) I’ve also managed to make time to start catching up with my print donations to the stations I’ve already photographed. I like each station to have prints as a thank you for their time and a reward for helping out. With over 180 prints donated so far, it’s a lot of work but they’re worth it...and it’s lovely to be able to do this in return. I really like the idea that when I have my final show at the end of the project, it’ll be replicated in a sequence of ‘mini shows’ in @rnli boathouses all round the coastline. Opening photographs: About to sign print 1/50 of the Rock RNLI Helmsmen. Continue swiping to see a selection of the recent donations. #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #longhope #orkney #rockrnli #themumbles #angle #wales #broughtyferry #scotland

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-02-06 00:08:38

From a stoney Suffolk beach to the gallery wall, a sequence of magical moments born from one Coxswain’s portrait. Opening photograph by Nathan Williams/ RNLI #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #behindthescenes #poolemuseum #calmbeforethestorm #hlfsupported #aldeburgh #suffolk #ridersonthestorm

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-02-03 01:36:36

A journey around the compass: I’ve now finished preparing the web pages I mentioned yesterday. Head to my profile link and you can click your way round the coast as the prints appear on the gallery wall. From a portrait of Hylton Henry at the most northerly @rnli lifeboat station on the Shetland Islands (pictured first here), round to the volunteers at the most westerly station (swipe) — Valentia in County Kerry, Ireland. I’ve also published two new postcard packs to mark the occasion. Head to my Story for those where you can swipe to order them for just £5 plus a little P&P. #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #behindthescenes @poolemuseum #poolemuseum #calmbeforethestorm #aith #shetland #valentia #ireland

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

10 Days 23 Hours Ago

I’ve nearly finished preparing two new pages on the website showcasing the 53 photographs on display in ‘Calm Before the Storm’ at Poole Museum. Watch this space! Pictured: Sarah Browne, @unionhallrnli lifeboat volunteer, September 2017, 12x10 inch Clear Glass Ambrotype #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #poolemuseum @poolemuseum #calmbeforethestorm #hlfsupported #ireland #unionhall #rnliwomen #womeninsar #sarwomen

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-01-29 00:42:10

Well. That was the week that was, culminating in a phenomenal gathering on Friday night. Swipe through these images and you’ll catch a glimpse into my contribution to the exhibition at Poole Museum as well as the Private View on Friday night attended by over 130 guests. I was moved beyond words that some of the people I’ve photographed over the years were in attendance, a few of whom travelled hundreds of miles to be there (see if you can recognise them). And if you make it to the last photograph, you’ll also find a moment that Kath managed to capture with @antmiddleton. While I made the long drive back to Newcastle in Neena yesterday, I couldn’t help but reflect on an intense rollercoaster of a week. The feedback in the first 48 hours has been beyond any expectation or imagination. The messages and phone calls have been enough to make a grown man a little bit teary. I came to the conclusion that, between us, we have created a wonderful springboard for the second half of my journey. I hope you’re sitting comfortably! Photographs of the Private View by Nathan Williams / @rnli. The exhibition runs until 22nd April. #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #behindthescenes #poolemuseum #calmbeforethestorm #hlfsupported

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-01-22 13:29:19

Joe from the @rnli Heritage department and I both presented a talk this afternoon to brief the @poolemuseum volunteers about our respective galleries in the ‘Calm Before The Storm’ exhibition. At one point, I referred to the ‘layers and layers’ of stories, links and coincidences that can be unearthed from any one of my photographs — an element that I would never have anticipated to the degree to which it has evolved. When we returned to the gallery, I realised that there is a very fresh and topical story that relates to the photograph you see here — a portrait of Dunmore East Coxswain Michael Griffin beside ‘Elizabeth and Ronald’, the station’s pride and joy in September 2017. Just a few weeks after I left this corner of Ireland, a trawler powered out of control across the harbour, an incident which resulted in the destruction of the mooring pontoon and the lifesaving vessel being crushed, left listing heavily to starboard in the aftermath. The lifeboat community and the town were distraught. A relief lifeboat was quickly brought in but it was debatable as to whether or not their beloved ‘Elizabeth and Ronald’ could be salvaged. Well, after a year of repairs in Falmouth, she triumphantly returned to her home on Sunday ready to save lives at sea once again. Therefore, how fitting and timely that this photograph should be in the show. It was made under much happier circumstances for the station but has ultimately become a tribute on many more levels to the faith, hope and resolve shown by my friends at Dunmore East. Swipe to see the framed print waiting to be fixed to the wall and once more to see the sorry looking lifeboat in December 2017. More installation scenes in my Story too, complete with swipeable links for more info! #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #poolemuseum #calmbeforethestorm #hlfsupported #dunmoreeast #ireland

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-01-21 10:39:06

Let the installation begin! Another exciting chapter on the #lifeboatstationproject became reality today. Here you see my work being condition-checked by @poolemuseum before the exhibitions team start to hang it on the walls tomorrow. More pictures in my Story where you can also swipe up for more info. #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #behindthescenes #poolemuseum #calmbeforethestorm #hlfsupported