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Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2 Days 10 Hours Ago

Deborah and Claudia, @portrushrnli lifeboat volunteers, 12x10 inch Clear Glass Ambrotype, 5th September 2019 #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #collodion #wetplatecollodion #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #portrush #womeninsar #sarwomen #rnliwomen

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

3 Days 8 Hours Ago

Pre-post warning: In this post, I’ll be mentioning a really cool dimension to my project. However, if you’d like to access this extra content, you’ll need to become a patron via my Patreon page. That means pledging whatever you’re comfortable with (starting from £3/month) to enjoy this extra layer to my coastal journey and helping to fund the project in the process. This is really important because I haven’t been commissioned to make The Lifeboat Station Project — it’s funded by my supporters and all the sales through my shop. Right, on with the post: Did you know that as well as the thousands of photographs, videos and stories I regularly share on my social media channels over the years, I’ve also been making sound recordings since the early days of the project? The interviews and ambient sounds add a rich, often emotional dimension to the story of the RNLI lifeboat volunteers around our shores. In the fullness of time, the recordings will be available in all kinds of ways. In the meantime, I publish previews of them as podcasts on my Patreon page. As I’ve just published the photographs I made with @portrushrnli, it seems timely to remind you that there’s a podcast that you can listen to as well. It’s a spine-chilling conversation with Mark Mitchell, Portrush Deputy Coxswain, 30 years after he went to sea on a shout that became the subject of one of the most iconic lifeboat photographs ever made. Have a listen to the short preview in this post, then find out how to access the full podcast via my homepage and support my project in the process. Here’s the link you need: lifeboatstationproject.com/podcast Iconic photograph by Iain Watson. And huge thanks to Alex Braidwood — @listeninginstruments — for tips on overlaying an audio spectrum onto an image! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #portrush #allatsea #rnliarun #arunack #iainwatson #podcast

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

3 Days 10 Hours Ago

Des Austin, the @portrushrnli Coxswain, was really keen to have the lifeboat included in his portrait. Unfortunately, we were still blighted by some really stormy conditions. If we went anywhere near the lifeboat, my big ol’ camera would act like a sail! So, I came up with this solution — to shield the camera from the wind inside the boathouse and compose Des’ portrait in such a way that the Severn Class lifeboat would be ‘just there’ over his shoulder. Because the wind was so strong, I had to think on my feet all day, even using the harbour wall as a windbreak when it came to making the crew photograph later that evening. You can now see all four photographs in the Mission Map, Galleries and the brand new County Antrim print page. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #collodion #wetplatecollodion #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #portrush

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

4 Days 16 Hours Ago

Remember this ambrotype of Liam O’Brien? We made it at Cushendall (home to Redbay @rnli lifeboat station) on 3rd September, the first portrait on my journey around the shores of Northern Ireland. I mentioned earlier in the week that it was a minor miracle that we managed to make photographs in those squally downpours and gale force winds. But, as you can see, we certainly managed and now they’re all in the usual places on the site — the Mission Map, Galleries and Limited Edition Print pages. As an aside, Redbay lifeboat station is quite unusual: it’s historically an inshore lifeboat station but the first I’ve come across where the all-weather lifeboat is stationed on trial, hence the second portrait in this sequence featuring four lifeboat lifeboat Coxswains rather than my usual portrait of one full-timer. Scroll to the end and you’ll see the single plate of the crew we squeezed in before the weather really deteriorated! The portrait features the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to the left and the all-weather Trent class lifeboat on the pier to the right. Perhaps it’s now clear why she was so close to shore in the colour photograph I posted a few days ago? The crew had kindly brought her alongside from her mooring buoy for the final photograph of the day. In the portrait of Liam, she’s floating in the distance over his shoulder. Thank you to everyone who helped me make these photographs at Redbay. What a start to Mission 19! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #collodion #wetplatecollodion #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #hellyhansen #northernireland #redbay #cushendall

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

4 Days 16 Hours Ago

‪Four in a row! I think last week’s episode of #savinglivesatsea was the first time that all the stations featured also appear in my project. The rescues were incredible — I was gripped by Thurso’s epic tow! Looking forward to tonight’s instalment at 8pm on @bbctwo. Pictured: @mineheadlifeboat, July 2015 / Thurso, June 2016 / Ilfracombe, June 2015 / @rnli_anstruther, June 2019 #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #collodion #wetplatecollodion #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #somerset #minehead #scotland #thurso #devon #ilfracombe #anstruther

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

8 Days 19 Hours Ago

I’ve been burning the midnight oil to complete the brand new Northern Ireland section for the Limited Edition Print pages on the site. The County Antrim, Fermanagh and Down pages are now built along with the navigation that integrates them all with each other and everything else. The view from @donaghadee_lifeboat (pictured) heads them up, a rare image because it includes a lighthouse AND a lifeboat! Now it’s time to gradually add all the work from Mission 19 starting with Redbay and @portrushrnli on the County Antrim page over the next few days. Phew — so much to do but I always get there in the end. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #antrim #donaghadee #lighthouse

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

4 Days 16 Hours Ago

The joy in some of the old photographs of the herring women I’ve seen today has put me in mind of the people I’ve met on my journey. It strikes me that there might well be a similar core ethos — it’s not an easy job, but just get on with it and make time to smile when you can! Pictured: Gil and Elaine, Buckie @rnli lifeboat volunteers, June 2018 #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #buckie #womeninsar #sarwomen #rnliwomen #collodion #wetplatecollodion

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

11 Days 9 Hours Ago

Always love to see somebody else’s perspective on the day’s proceedings. I was particularly grateful to Todd Watson for these photographs at Bangor. I was so run off my feet all day long that I barely got a chance to take any behind the scenes photographs myself! As an aside, I was pretty devastated when I lost the rubber eye cup from my @sinarswiss loupe last year. I’ve owned this item for nearly two decades! I scoured the shore but couldn’t find it. Must look for a replacement some time. It looks like my @redwingshoes need resoling again too. More jobs for the winter list! Todd also photographed me adopting a new strategy when it came to conveying some instructions during a private commission. I shared that particular story on my Patreon page in a post called ‘The Speaking Cap’. You can find it over at patreon.com/jacklowe — links also available via my homepage. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #sinarswiss #gitzoinspires #redwingboots #redwingironranger #labourandwait #northernireland #bangor

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

4 Days 16 Hours Ago

Next in line for scanning? @portrushrnli. Hoping the first photographs from Northern Ireland will be online next week. Just need to build the web pages and navigation first! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #portrush #collodion #wetplatecollodion

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

12 Days 15 Hours Ago

The five women of @burnhamonsearnli have made the cover of @rnli’s Lifeboat magazine. There’s a poignant story behind this portrait, which I’d like to share with you here. I made a special stop on 11th September 2016, breaking the journey between RNLI Headquarters and South Wales — a second visit to the station with the specific aim of making a portrait of the volunteer women. You see, Vashti (centre) had been pretty ill during the first visit back in July 2015 and wasn't able to get into her drysuit. So, I made a promise to return. Vashti struggled on the day but remained stoic. Ultimately, she only had the energy for one plate with her crewmates. No chance for a second attempt. So, this is it. The only one. Thankfully, Vashti loved it. She generously bought a print for the lifeboat station and also requested print No.29, her crew number. Vashti told me that she would be gifting it to her son, as this photograph is how she would like to be remembered by him. Vashti died a few months later on 28th January 2017. Rest in peace, Vashti. It was a pleasure to meet you, a hero indeed. Five women of Burnham-on-Sea RNLI 11th September 2016 12x10 inch Clear Glass Ambrotype #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #wetplate #wetplatecollodion #somerset #burnhamonsea #rnliwomen #womeninsar #sarwomen #rnlifamily

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

13 Days 10 Hours Ago

‪This year, @weymouthlifeboat have been celebrating their 150th anniversary and they’ve made this great film to mark the occasion. I’m so proud that the station have included the crew photograph we made together in 2018 — in such a splendid way too! Unfortunately, I can’t fit the whole film in here, so this is the second half — keep watching to the end. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp16 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #weymouth

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

4 Days 16 Hours Ago

The portrait I made in March with Brendan Copeland, @rnli_wicklow Station Mechanic — the gentleman who’s listening to the sound recording in my previous post. Here you see Brendan pictured at the transom of the station’s beloved 30 year old Tyne class lifeboat, Annie Blaker. She was decommissioned just a few weeks after making this photograph, so it really is a moment in time. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #portrait #ireland #wicklow #annieblaker #tyneclass #collodion #wetplatecollodion

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

14 Days 10 Hours Ago

Did you know I make sound recordings to complement my photographs? They add a rich, emotional dimension to the story of the @rnli lifeboat volunteers around our shores. In the fullness of time, the recordings will be available in all kinds of ways. In the meantime, I publish previews of them as podcasts on my Patreon page. Find out how you can listen to them via the Podcast page on my site, helping to fund the project in the process. Head to my profile or here to learn more: lifeboatstationproject.com/podcast Pictured: The moment I handed Brendan Copeland, @wicklowlifeboat mechanic, the headphones so that he could hear the recording I made of Annie Blaker’s legendary Detroit engines. At the end, Brendan says: “Beautiful isn’t it? How would you get better than that? The little growl on her. Lovely.” #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #wicklow #ireland #tyneclass #soundrecording #powerofsound

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

4 Days 16 Hours Ago

When I’m working on the coast, I use two cameras: my 114 year old 12x10 inch Thornton Pickard to make the glass plates and my iPhone to tell the story of the journey. Barely a day goes by without somebody asking, “Lovely old camera! Does it still work?” Tongue-in-cheek, I usually reply along the lines of, “I hope so!” Of course, the truth is that there’s very little to go wrong, so it “works” very well indeed — like any camera, it’s just a black box and a lens. Physics, chemistry and raw talent take care of the rest. The irony is that people should be asking about the iPhone rather than my plate camera! As I tap this, I’m in the throes of decommissioning my iPhone 7 Plus, which has sadly come to the end of its useful working life after nearly three years’ hard use. When Apple announced last year that they’d sold over 6 billion iPhones, I wasn’t impressed, I was appalled. I really wrestle with the fact that I’m one of “those people” who has now owned five iPhones over the last decade. But I don’t see a way round it other than to make sure I use the device as long as the battery — and Apple — will allow. I’ve recycled them all, so I hope they haven’t entirely gone to waste. And I hope the fact that we’ve had our car for over 17 years and that I’ve up-cycled an ambulance goes some way to restoring the balance. I know the iPhone is a lot more than “just a camera”, but isn’t it great that the 1905 plate camera just keeps on trucking after all these years and you’ll never need compatible software to view the photographs I make with it? #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #stranraer #collodion #wetplatecollodion

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

19 Days 5 Hours Ago

I’ve set some new #patrongoals to carry me into 2020, the 6th year of The Lifeboat Station Project. My first goal? 238 patrons pledging their support, equivalent to the number of lifeboat stations I’m photographing. 180+ supporters are behind me so far. If you’re enjoying the journey and want to contribute to its future, please pledge whatever you’re comfortable with via my profile link. Photograph by @jasonhedgesphotos / Press & Journal #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #buckie #keepartalive

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

4 Days 16 Hours Ago

Aside: If my 2019 calendar’s adorning your wall, happy October! And it’s utterly fortuitous that the photograph of @st_davids_rnli coincides with 150 years of saving lives at sea for this special station. Happy anniversary, St Davids! #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #wales #stdavids #visitwales #findyourepic #architecture #collodion #wetplatecollodion

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

22 Days 8 Hours Ago

Reminiscing about last year’s halfway point with @rnli_doverlifeboat seems like a fine excuse to share this portrait of Tony Hawkins, their legendary retired Coxswain. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp16 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #kent #dover #lsphalfway

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

22 Days 8 Hours Ago

Whilst finishing the year’s photographs in Stranraer on Saturday, it was also on my mind that we were marking the halfway point with @rnli_doverlifeboat this time last year. They helped to make it such a special occasion — a memory on the journey for which I’ll always be grateful and that I’ll treasure forevermore. And how can it be a year ago already? Photographs by Seamus Masters / @glassonion68 #lifeboatstationproject #lsp16 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #kent #dover #lsphalfway

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

23 Days 19 Hours Ago

Home again, home again: Thank you to the hundreds of people I met and photographed in Northern Ireland and Scotland on Mission 19; to everyone who waited patiently for a portrait, filled my water containers, kept me fed and watered, put a roof over my head, ran errands, spread the word, manoeuvred lifeboats or lent me their washing machine! It’s been yet another special chapter in this epic journey o’ mine. As an aside, I’ve just watched the news for the first time in four weeks. All I can say for the moment is that I’m so glad we’re continuing to make our very own good news story together. Hooray for us! Photograph by Keith Gilmore, the @portrushrnli Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) who also very kindly hosted me during my visit towards the start of the month. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #portrush

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

25 Days 5 Hours Ago

‪The final plate of 2019 and what a corker — four helms of @stranraerrnli with their Land Rover Defender and D class lifeboat. A perfect end to the past 4 weeks documenting 12 more RNLI stations in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Just 3 years and 90 stations to go! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #landrover #landroverdefender #scotland #stranraer

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

25 Days 6 Hours Ago

‪It’s a wrap! A wonderfully smooth and chilled finale to Mission 19 — smiles all round with the tight knit @stranraerrnli volunteers. Thank you for a day of chats, laughs and great photographs! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #stranraer

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

26 Days 9 Hours Ago

Yesterday was another intense chapter in the life of the project. After making some great plates throughout the day at Portpatrick, I just needed to make the crew portrait. However, the weather had something to say about that and it finally got the better of us in a major way. The crew arrived as planned in the evening and swiftly donned their yellows, but we only had to look out to sea for evidence of the direct hit we were about to take. It’s a strange experience, that — rather like being presented with a surreal portal into the future. We decided to go for it anyway. The volunteers stood huddled in the lashing rain as the squalls piled in from The Irish Sea. I exposed the plate then dashed back along the craggy breakwater through the puddles and salt-lashed air. I closed Neena’s door, wiped my face of drips and caught my breath. Pouring the developer over the plate, it soon became clear that our efforts were in vain. The UV light that I needed had been extinguished and the paraphernalia of my working life was utterly drenched. Very wet plate collodion. In the aftermath, the crew disappeared into the sanctuary of the station. I stood in Neena’s doorway, overly desolate. This was only the second crew portrait in 147 stations to be rained off, yet it momentarily gets the better of me because of the effort and emotion I pour into each and every plate. Is it too much to ask for everything to be perfect all the time? It turns out that it is. Swipe to see how I felt in selfie form. A bunch of us decided there was only one thing for it — a consolatory pint in The Crown. It wasn’t long before things were better again, not least as a fine excuse had evolved to return to Portpatrick to have another crack at it one day soon. In the meantime, it’s time to prepare for @stranraerrnli tomorrow (Saturday), the final station of Mission 19 and, indeed, 2019. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #scotland #portpatrick #storm

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

29 Days 6 Hours Ago

Northern Ireland complete! Today, after 22 days on the road and 10 lifeboat stations, I completed my documentation of Northern Ireland. The fine gentleman you see pictured here is Derek Rea, the Larne lifeboat mechanic — a portrait we made around 1pm today. I’m so grateful for Derek’s help in the lead up and during my visit. He’s been there for me right from the moment I arrived yesterday, furnishing me with coffee and assistance wherever required. Thank you, Derek, especially for the jam doughnut! It’s not over yet, though. There are still two lifeboat stations remaining on Mission 19 when I head back across the Irish Sea tomorrow — Portpatrick on Thursday and @stranraerrnli on Saturday. In truth, I’m flagging a little this evening as this has been yet another sensationally epic mission. I always tip my hat to those clever Victorians, as this is such a physical process to work with all day long for days on end. Fear not, though, I’ve got plenty in the tank for the last two stations of 2019. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #landrover #landroverdefender #defender110 #northernireland #larne

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-09-22 11:34:53

It may have been a dreich day but, boy, did we make some great plates together at Bangor! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #bangor

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-09-21 10:54:26

A glittering prize from @donaghadee_lifeboat, one of many on my journey this month. Two more stations and I’ll have completed Northern Ireland — Bangor tomorrow (Sunday) and Larne on Tuesday. Come and say hello if you’re around! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #donaghadee

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-09-20 04:33:21

This morning’s handiwork completes the set of photographs we’ve made over the last day or so with the fine volunteers of @donaghadee_lifeboat. Pictured first is the Coxswain, Philip McNamara, who’s been excellent company during our visit. I couldn’t resist making his portrait beside one of the strongest lifeboat name’s I’ve seen so far — RNLB Saxon. Swipe to see the second photograph we made this morning featuring Nicky and Rebecca, the two women on the lifeboat crew. They’re standing at the foot of the iconic lighthouse and I’ve photographed these plates on the breakwater where we made them. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #rnliwomen #northernireland #donaghadee

Today marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most dramatic episodes in our station’s history; a rescue that evokes strong memories among the crew who served on the Hoylake @rnli lifeboat that day - the rescue of the catamaran ‘Truganini’ and the three people who were on board. . On 20th September 1979, the relief Oakley class lifeboat ‘The Will and Fanny Kirby’, serving as @hoylakelifeboat, launched in exceptionally heavy seas and storm force winds to the 40ft catamaran ‘Truganini’, which was in difficulty in the River Dee. The waves were 10ft high at the launch site, lifting both the lifeboat and its carriage off the sea bed at times before she was able to get underway. . Read more about this rescue on our website (link in bio). . Coxswain Harry Jones was awarded the RNLI’s bronze medal for his courage and seamanship during this rescue. Volunteer crew members (and later Coxswains) John McDermott and David Dodd received the RNLI’s Thanks on Vellum. Other awards were also made to other Hoylake Lifeboat crew members and tractor drivers. . #hoylake #lifeboat #hoylakelifeboat #hoylakernli #rnlihoylake #rnli #rnlihistory #rnliheritage #history #heritage #rnlibronzemedal #rescue #oakleyclass #oakleyclasslifeboat #wirral #wirralhistory #riverdee #mostyn #mostyndocks #merseyside #anniversary #40thanniversary #blackandwhite

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-09-18 02:28:21

The newest plate on the project, made half an hour ago and completing the set for @portaferryrnli. We’ve made a private commission this morning too. Another first on the journey to be up early, make a portrait, stroll back to the hotel for breakfast then make the one you see here of the three Helmsmen — all by 10am! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #portaferry

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

20 Days 10 Hours Ago

It’s good night from us. Another satisfying day in yet another stunning corner of Northern Ireland. An early start in the morning ready for more portraits with @portaferryrnli before we head to @donaghadee_lifeboat in the afternoon. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #ambulance #ambulanceconversion #darkroom #mobiledarkroom #neenaspotting #fordtransit #dometic #mobilelivingmadeeasy #northernireland #portaferry

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-09-16 11:59:05

‪Now that’s an arrival! This evening we drove straight off the ferry from Strangford, passed @portaferryrnli (the green-roofed building) and pulled up outside @theportaferryhotel in just 50 seconds! Come and see us tomorrow if you’re nearby — we’ll be around all day culminating in the crew portrait at 6pm. Filming by @henmania #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #portaferry #neenaspotting

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

12 Days 12 Hours Ago

‪Oh dear. I’m running out of superlatives to describe the warmth, support and enthusiasm for my project here in Northern Ireland. I’ve had such an excellent time with the lifeboat volunteers of Kilkeel who made me feel so welcome in their town. Now preparing for @portaferryrnli tomorrow. Can’t wait!‬ #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #kilkeel #rnliwomen #womeninsar #sarwomen #atlantic85

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-09-12 23:48:24

Well, that was an epic day with @newcastlernli. It’s not over yet, though! An early start to prepare some glass for more portraits today. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #newcastle #countydown

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-09-11 06:40:15

The project keeps on rollin' and the days are flying by with the incredible lifeboat volunteers of Northern Ireland. The warm welcomes I've been receiving have been so moving too. Now it's time to move on from the inland stations of @eknrnli and Carrybridge — I'm heading back to the coast ready for @newcastlernli tomorrow and Kilkeel on Sunday. See you there? While I make the three hour drive to Newcastle RNLI this afternoon ready for our big day tomorrow, you might like to catch up with yesterday’s live interview with Mark Patterson on BBC Radio Foyle. Search for that combo and I’m sure you’ll find it on @bbcsounds. Failing that, the link’s on my Twitter and FB. The interview starts 37 minutes in. Pictured: Last night's freshly-made portrait of the Carrybridge lifeboat volunteers, a 21 elephant exposure on a 12x10 inch piece of glass. Photograph courtesy of @wwwsrsphotography. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #carrybridge #bbcradiofoyle

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-09-08 03:36:11

Good morning from @eknrnli —Enniskillen RNLI lifeboat station, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #enniskillen

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-09-06 12:08:18

In the moment: preparing to photograph the @portrushrnli boathouse view yesterday morning. Photograph by Keith Gilmore, the Portrush Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) who also very kindly hosted me. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #portrush

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-09-06 11:30:37

This week has rattled by. Unbelievably, another station visit is already over and what a superb couple of days with the incredible @portrushrnli volunteers. I can’t thank them enough for the support, patience, conversation and laughs. Special thanks to Keith Gilmore (the station’s LOM) and his wife Fiona for hosting me. And thank you to all those who stopped by to say hello, even buying a keyring or two! Before I left, I spent an hour or so recording a conversation with a veteran crew member. Truly hair raising stuff, which I’ll share on my Patreon page soon. Looking forward to a day’s respite now before @eknrnli on Sunday. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #portrush #imperioussevern

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-09-04 13:54:21

Life on the road can be pretty seamless but, finally, I have a window to share a couple of things with you. The atrocious weather has played a huge part in proceedings over the last couple of days but, somehow, we managed to squeeze most of the photographs into gaps between the squalls and before the wind really came a howlin’ through. Pictured: Liam O’Brien’s freshly-made portrait on a sheet of 12x10 inch glass sitting in a tray of water. Liam is the Redbay Station Mechanic and you can see his pride and joy — the station’s Trent class lifeboat — over his shoulder on a mooring buoy, always ready. And there’s one more detail of note: Liam’s sitting on the red basalt rock that encrusts the local coastline, the very reason this area is known as Redbay. Heartfelt thanks to Liam and the Redbay crew for making me feel so welcome. Like many others before them, they couldn’t do enough to help me and wouldn’t have it that I spent a single penny during my stay, including my accommodation across the road. The support I’m receiving for my journey is gathering pace. After so many difficult years, words really can’t describe my gratitude. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #redbay

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-09-01 11:23:56

Everything’s ready! It’s one of those times when it’s hard to imagine that I’ll be in Northern Ireland this time tomorrow. And just 48 hours from now, I’ll have photographed the first lifeboat station of Mission 19. With everything in place, I now feel relaxed and excited for the month ahead. Neena and I set off for the @poferries terminal at Cairnryan first thing in the morning! Pictured: A clip from the beautiful film that @pete_naylor made about my journey from 2015 to 2016. See it in full on the website, on the ‘Films’ and ‘About’ pages. Must be due a sequel soon. 😄 #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #wales #fishguard #behindthescenes

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-08-27 08:38:53

Four women of @rnli_anstruther, June 2019, 12x10 inch Clear Glass Ambrotype #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #rnliwomen #scotland #anstruther

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-08-26 09:32:43

7 years ago, the gift of a light bulb moment forged the early sparks of The Lifeboat Station Project. 2 years later, after lots of thinking, honing and refining, the @rnli gave me their blessing to start creating my vision for a huge photographic archive that would shine a light on a band of incredible people — the lifeboat volunteers who selflessly serve others to keep our shores as safe as possible. Over 4 and a half years ago, I photographed my first lifeboat station and, well, I just kept going. Over 2000 volunteers from 136 lifeboat stations now feature in the portraits we’ve made together. Those early sparks have become a roaring furnace that’s lighting up the coastline far more strongly than I ever dreamed possible. Next week, I’m heading to Northern Ireland for the final mission of 2019. By the end, I’ll have completed 62% of the project and the number of lifeboat stations remaining will be in double-figures for the first time — just 90 to go when I resume my travels in 2020! If you enjoy following the journey and would like to contribute to its future, head for the blue button on my homepage where you can find all the ways to pledge your support. Pictured: One of those early sparks when Allen Frary, Wells-next-the-Sea Coxswain, posed with his freshly-made portrait on glass. A moment from the very first mission back in January 2015 and an image that the mighty @instagram used to illustrate a post about the project. Allen and I never dreamed we’d see over 405,000 Likes to his name! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp1 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #norfolk #wellsnextthesea #blastfromthepast

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

20 Days 10 Hours Ago

So, where am I heading for the last mission of 2019? Northern Ireland! I'm really excited about this on many levels: It's not only the first time I've brought the project to Northern Ireland, but I'm also aiming to visit ALL the lifeboat stations in this area of the @rnli network, starting with Redbay a week on Tuesday. Swipe to see where it is in a screenshot from the Mission Map. This epic 12 station mission will see me on the road with Neena for around four weeks. Once complete, the number of stations remaining will be in double figures for the first time after nearly five years of working full time on the project! Other stations on Mission 19 include: @portrushrnli, @eknrnli, Carrybridge, Kilkeel, @newcastlernli, @portaferryrnli, @donaghadee_lifeboat, Bangor and Larne. When I return to the mainland, I'm hoping to visit Portpatrick and @stranraerrnli before heading home. You can now see all the dates and stations on the Mission Map. Click the appropriate button on the homepage via my profile link. Please note that some dates are awaiting confirmation, so may be subject to change. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp19 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #northernireland #darkroom #mobiledarkroom #neenaspotting #rvinstallations #dometic #mobilelivingmadeeasy #ambulance #ambulanceconversion

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-08-25 04:51:42

As you may have gathered, yesterday’s Lifeboat Gala at Eyemouth was simply splendid. Thank you to everyone who came along to say hello and even bought a keyring or two. Check out my Story to see some of the lifesavers who stopped by as well as the moment pictured here, which was the cherry on the cake — presenting the crew with their limited edition prints in person. Not often I get to do that! In a week’s time, I’ll be hitting the road again, another big one. Standby for itinerary news. I just need to update the Mission Map and I’ll be right back. This photo’s by Kath, who also had her first tour of a Shannon, one of the briefest tours I’ve ever seen ⏱😄. Motion sickness is never far away! She takes a good photo, though. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #eyemouth #rnlishannon

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-08-23 07:04:12

‪Heading to Eyemouth tomorrow? See you there! Really looking forward to the Lifeboat Station Gala Day from 12 to 4:30​pm on Saturday. It’ll be the first time their new Shannon class has been open to the public and there’ll be all manner of things to eat, drink, see and do.‬ ‪And guess who'll be making a cameo appearance in the line-up of emergency service vehicles — that's right, Neena! She'll be sandwiched between a fire engine and another ambulance. A fine chance for some #neenaspotting!‬ I'll even have some of the famous 'With Courage' keyrings with me, so feel free to stop me and buy one. Aerial footage by @andrewjam1. Turn up your volume for the awesome engine sound! #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #eyemouth #rnlishannon #drone #dronestagram

Each year before @hoylakelifeboat & @westkirbylifeboat Open Day, local sign-writer Roger Passmore is tasked with an important job. For over 40 years, Roger has diligently and painstakingly recorded every service to which the Hoylake Lifeboat has been called out on the station's service boards. . These distinctive black wooden boards adorn the walls of @rnli lifeboat stations all around the UK and Irish coast and represent decades, or in Hoylake's case centuries, of heroism, peril and in some cases tragedy. . Read more about Roger and the art of the service board on our website through the link in our bio. . 📷 @victoria_phipps . #rnli #rnliheritage #hoylake #lifeboat #hoylakelifeboat #hoylakernli #rnlihoylake #savinglivesatsea #wirral #merseyside #rnlihistory #wirralhistory #localhistory #rnliserviceboards #serviceboard #serviceboards #signwriting #signwriter #artist #painter #workshop #handpainted #history

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-08-15 11:18:54

From Anstruther to Eyemouth: Here’s my second ‘Mission Grid’. A shorter journey this time, so “just” 27 glass plate photographs from 6 lifeboat stations over a 2 week period in June — and this doesn’t include all the private commissions I made along the way to help fund the journey! When I posted the first one in May, I mentioned that I’m always trying to think of new ways to show you my journey, to keep it interesting and convey the sheer scale of it. Also, to illustrate why I call each leg of the journey a ‘mission’ rather than simply a ‘trip’. I hope you generally get a sense of that anyway but this is perhaps the most graphic way that I’ve come up with so far. I’m feeling pretty chuffed to be up-to-date once again this evening. Tomorrow’s a new day. Onwards! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #portrait #withcouragenothingisimpossible #savinglivesatsea #missiongrid

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-08-14 00:52:12

Owen Atkinson, Appledore RNLI Lifeboat Station Mechanic, June 2015, 12x10 inch Clear Glass Ambrotype #lifeboatstationproject #lsp5 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #devon #appledore #mechanic

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-08-13 09:40:36

January 2015: On that cold winter’s day in Happisburgh, Bob kept me right. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp1 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #norfolk #happisburgh #lifeboatlife

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-08-12 02:46:39

Vince Jones, Moelfre RNLI Lifeboat Station Mechanic, April 2019, 12x10 inch Clear Glass Ambrotype #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #wales #anglesey #moelfre #mechanic

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-08-23 11:39:46

‪The rhythm of the project rumbles on...now deep into “printing mode”. Love making these knowing that they’ll be finding their way to new homes across the country. And, of course, they’re a huge part of the project’s lifeblood, so keep ‘em coming! Pictured: @rnli_dunbar lifeboat crew, 20th June 2019. Swipe to see the first print I’ve been making of this portrait. I love the spectacular Game of Thrones feel to Dunbar, so swipe again to see the boathouse view, a photograph I’m very fond of too. See if you can spot the huge @rnli flag proudly flying on the cliff top above the harbour entrance. Epic indeed. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #dunbar #printsignpackrepeat

alana meira
(@alanameira123)

2019-08-09 11:19:05

I’ve been a little remiss with my traditional #lspthrowdown lately — the photographs of my apron that bring the end of each mission to a close. I forgot to post the one from @rnlirhyl in April and then totally forgot to even shoot one at Eyemouth on 22nd June! So, I’m hoping this photograph of Helen Hastings, Eyemouth’s brand new Shannon class, is an ample stand-in. Enormous thanks once again to the 109 @rnli volunteers who feature in my photographs at the six lifeboat stations I visited in June. You showed me so much warmth and support and, for that, I’m eternally grateful. See how all the new photographs slot into place within the Galleries via my profile link. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #eyemouth #rnlishannon #helenhastings

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-08-07 11:00:58

I’ve been a little remiss with my traditional #lspthrowdown lately — the photographs of my apron that bring the end of each mission to a close. I forgot to post the one from @rnlirhyl in April and then totally forgot to even shoot one at Eyemouth on 22nd June! So, I’m hoping this photograph of Helen Hastings, Eyemouth’s brand new Shannon class, is an ample stand-in. Enormous thanks once again to the 109 @rnli volunteers who feature in my photographs at the six lifeboat stations I visited in June. You showed me so much warmth and support and, for that, I’m eternally grateful. See how all the new photographs slot into place within the Galleries via my profile link. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #eyemouth #rnlishannon #helenhastings

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-08-06 05:00:43

‪An unexpected joy this year to receive happy messages at the start of each month when people turn the page on their calendars. Great appreciation for the August offering — the view from @themumblesrnli. And you can still pick one up in my online shop if you haven’t already. #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #wales #themumbles

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-08-04 07:59:54

22nd June 2019: From waiting patiently to poring over the finished photograph moments later, behind the scenes while we immortalised the Eyemouth @rnli lifeboat crew on 12x10 inch glass. See the finished result in the Galleries via my profile link. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #eyemouth #rnlishannon

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-08-03 01:26:05

New 3 minute read: "When describing my photographs, some mistakenly call them ‘vintage'…" These two photographs could have been made one hundred years apart but in fact there’s just one year between them. Learn more via my profile link. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #lsp15 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #montrose #southqueensferry #forthbridge #forthrailbridge #industrial #architecture #anachronistic

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-07-31 08:10:16

There’s a strong sense of momentum on the project, of always moving forward. As you know, I make so many photographs on each mission and it’s great to have periodic reminders of the earlier plates when print orders like this one float in — the old Mumbles boathouse, a photograph made in March 2016. Another one for @accidentallywesanderson too! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #wales #themumbles #accidentallywesanderson #architecture

#repost @lordlowe with @get_repost ・・・ 13th June 2019: Looking mighty fine in the heart of the community within which they live and serve, the lifeboat volunteers of @rnli_kinghorn immortalised on 12x10 inch glass. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #kinghorn

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-07-28 10:39:52

Full house! I recently mentioned that I loved making the crew photographs in June. Well, here are those six portraits in geographical order working back to the beginning of the mission: Eyemouth, @rnli_dunbar, North Berwick, @rnliqueensferry, @rnli_kinghorn and @rnli_anstruther. My heartfelt thanks to all 109 @rnli volunteers who appear in these photographs. It would be a very different project without your help, enthusiasm and patience! You can now see all the work made so far in the usual places via my profile link. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #eyemouth #dunbar #northberwick #southqueensferry #kinghorn #anstruther

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-07-27 07:58:08

Lifeboat Pride: On Saturday 22nd June, I’d reached Eyemouth, the final station of Mission 18. At 0930hrs, one thing would certainly be happening before any photographs were made — the lifeboat volunteers wanted to make sure their brand new Shannon class looked her best for the day ahead. It’s a fine sight, isn’t it? #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #eyemouth #rnlishannon #lifeboatpride

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-07-26 05:17:19

18th June 2019: All hail the womenfolk of North Berwick lifeboat station — Yvonne, Sandra and Rhona. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #northberwick #rnliwomen

Reposted from @lordlowe - ‪And for my next trick: tattoo removal! Yesterday, I published a portrait of Gipper, @rnli_dunbar Mechanic. But it’s a photograph that warrants a closer look. In “real life” Gipper has tattooed hands and, believe it or not, this old process has a knack for tattoo removal, a phenomenon also recently highlighted by @petapixel. Amazing, eh? My thanks to @foto__nick for the colour photograph of #gipperstattoo‬. One for my friends @northsidewhitleybay and @northsidetattooz to cast their eyes over too. A new service to offer, lads and lasses? 😄😉 #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #dunbar #tattoo #handtattoo #tattoos #blackandgrey #blackandgreytattoo #tattooremoval

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-07-25 04:30:50

‪And for my next trick: tattoo removal! Yesterday, I published a portrait of Gipper, @rnli_dunbar Mechanic. But it’s a photograph that warrants a closer look. In “real life” Gipper has tattooed hands and, believe it or not, this old process has a knack for tattoo removal, a phenomenon also recently highlighted by @petapixel. Amazing, eh? My thanks to @foto__nick for the colour photograph of #gipperstattoo‬. One for my friends @northsidewhitleybay and @northsidetattooz to cast their eyes over too. A new service to offer, lads and lasses? 😄😉 #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #dunbar #tattoo #handtattoo #tattoos #blackandgrey #blackandgreytattoo #tattooremoval

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-07-24 09:48:00

Proud as a proud thing that @nlwales have added six more photographs from @trearddurbayrnli, Moelfre and Conwy to the twenty they already hold in The National Collection of Welsh Photographs. I’ve shared the crew portraits in my Story with swipe-up-able links to the updated blog post, web gallery and limited edition print page. ‪I’m so chuffed for these @rnli volunteers that their support and enthusiasm for my project has been rewarded, and they’re to feature in a national archive! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp17 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #wales #trearddurbay #moelfre #conwy #aberystwyth #anglesey

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-07-23 00:56:25

Back to my own ‘missions’ now with the @rnliqueensferry crew photograph. I’m not sure that there’s ever been a more epic backdrop or that there’ll be another quite so grand! And thank you to @accidentallywesanderson for sharing my video of the train passing over the bridge. Not only that, but for being so generous and diligent when it came to crediting me — particularly when replying to the comments. Wonderful. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #architecture #engineering #victorian #victoriana #bridge #wetplate #ambrotype #heritage #scotland #queensferry #forthbridge #forthrailbridge #unesco #unescoworldheritage #unescointheuk

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-07-19 06:57:14

Was thinking yesterday that I’d be just a few stations away from finishing if it was the 1970s. And that would be sad because there wouldn’t be all those extra coastal corners to visit, thousands of amazing people to meet and stories to share with you. The journey’s going to come to an end one day but, in the meantime, #bringiton. #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #lifeboatfix #ladybirdbooks

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-07-16 11:27:49

13th June 2019: Looking mighty fine in the heart of the community within which they live and serve, the lifeboat volunteers of @rnli_kinghorn immortalised on 12x10 inch glass. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #kinghorn

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-07-14 01:50:40

13th June 2019: It’s rare that I introduce new work from a station with the boathouse view — it’s sometimes difficult to appreciate their full glory on a smartphone screen (you need to see the original plate or a print for that). But this one is so blissfully minimal that I think it can be appreciated at any size. This is also a photograph that starkly reminds us that the job is the same whatever the station. No matter what the type of lifeboat, the launching mechanism or the nature of the coastline, a band of dedicated volunteers will drop everything at a moment’s notice to launch their lifeboat and help somebody in difficulty at sea. Ladies and gentlemen, je vous présente the view from @rnli_kinghorn on a dreich Thursday morning, a handmade photograph on 12x10 inch glass. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #kinghorn

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-07-13 04:33:45

A unifying moment in time: I loved making the crew portraits on the June mission. They’re all corkers, which is down to the support, cooperation and patience of the lifeboat volunteers. Here’s the first one from my 131st station on 11th June — the @rnli_anstruther crew with their beloved old Mersey class ‘Kingdom of Fife’. Swipe to see her sitting on the apron in glorious Technicolor. ‪Note the flag flying at half mast, which signifies a moment in time — when all 238 @rnli lifeboat stations united with the French SAR community in lowering their flag to half-mast, remembering the three @sauveteurs_en_mer lifeboatmen who tragically lost their lives the previous week. ‬ See the full complement of photographs in the Galleries and on the new ‘South East Scotland’ page. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #anstruther #merseyclass #snsm

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-07-10 10:12:22

First portrait of Mission 18: My journey around the Forth coast got off to a fine start on Tuesday 11th June with this portrait of Michael Bruce, @rnli_anstruther Coxswain. I usually have an idea or two up my sleeve, but rather than “impose” it, I like to ask the person I’m about to photograph whether or not they have any preconceptions about how their portrait might look. It’s a collaboration, you see. A dialogue. I’m not “taking” photographs. We’re making them together. In the case of Michael’s portrait, though, it was very satisfying that we both had the same idea — the station’s beautiful old Mersey class ‘Kingdom of Fife’ sitting in the background, peaceful but always ready. See the full set from Anstruther in the web galleries and on the brand new ‘South East Scotland’ print page. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #anstruther #merseyclass

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-07-09 09:21:07

Getting close to opening the door on the latest photographs made in Scotland, starting with my visit to @rnli_anstruther on 11th June. I’ll publish the new work in the Galleries, Mission Map and on the new ‘South East Scotland’ print page shortly. Stay tuned! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #anstruther #rnlimersey #merseyclass

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-07-07 05:48:36

📶🆙 Sights, Sounds, Shannon: See my new short film (as well as other videos and podcasts) where the extra-supportive are extra-rewarded. Head to: patreon.com/jacklowe Or click the orange ‘Become a Patron’ button on the homepage via my profile link. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #soundrecording #scotland #eyemouth #eatsleeplifeboatrepeat #ironingthesea #lifeboatfix

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

13 Days 15 Hours Ago

Last weekend at Eyemouth lifeboat station was a perfect end to Mission 18 in so many ways. I’ve often thought how excellent it would be to film from the air, so that you can really see what’s involved when it comes to marching back and forth between Neena (my mobile darkroom) and the camera. On Saturday, I finally got my chance thanks to Coxswain Andrew Jamieson (@andrewjam1) who’s a dab hand with his drone. As you can see, he did a great job while I made Adam’s portrait in the wheelhouse door of Helen Hastings. Check out my previous post for a glimpse into another example...and you can see even more in my new 7 minute film on Patreon that shows exactly what it’s like to go to sea on this incredible vessel. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #eyemouth #rnlishannon #neenaspotting #dometic #mobilelivingmadeeasy #drone #dronestagram #ambulance #ambulanceconversion

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-06-27 11:53:51

This time last week in sunny Dunbar, we were waiting for the final @rnli_dunbar crew member to join the throng and praying for a bank of cloud to soften the light. Thankfully, both arrived right on cue — just in time before the light faded for the old process. Swipe to see the excellently craggy portrait sitting in a wash tray, after which it was most definitely beer o’clock. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #dunbar

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-06-27 05:23:01

‪By sheer happenstance, the 8 year project I started in 2015 is documenting a period of stark change for @rnli. Exciting and intriguing to witness, perhaps the most obvious changes are the new PPE and lifeboats — kit which makes the crew look so smart and “ready”, as shown here by Eyemouth lifeboat station on Saturday while we prepared to make their crew portrait. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #hellyhansen #rnlishannon #scotland #eyemouth

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-06-25 13:49:33

Gradually gathering my thoughts and reflecting on another great mission filled with happy memories for the ol’ brain box. Looking forward to scanning the plates and publishing them over the next couple of weeks or so. I also have some beautiful footage to edit from our grand finale with Eyemouth over the weekend...coming to a portable screen near you soon! 🎞📽✨ #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #queensferry #southqueensferry #forthbridge #architecture

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-06-25 04:56:08

Special Delivery: Before enjoying a little rest after my latest mission, I had a date with my new friends aboard @subsea7official’s Seven Arctic this afternoon...and I’ve worn more outfits than Lady Gaga! The ship have purchased two of my limited edition prints from the glass plates made with @invergordonrnli last June, photographs in which their awesome vessel forms the backdrop. Recognising the connection that they could call upon the services of @rnli, the ship are also kindly seeing it as a way of helping me to spread the word about my project. Amazing, eh? And the edition numbers? 7/50, of course! Check out my Story for more scenes including the view from the top of the (very high) tower. As ever, framing by Bruce and Alan — the dynamic duo of @reidframingltd. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp15 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #invergordon #subsea7 #sevenarctic

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-06-21 00:30:09

Four down, two to go: Another great day on the coast yesterday, this time with the wonderfully generous and accommodating lifeboat volunteers of North Berwick. I’ve loved my stay in this rugged wee town. Hopefully, I’ve managed to record a slice of its essence in the station’s crew portrait. Time to finish cleaning down Neena shortly then I’ll head east ready for @rnli_dunbar tomorrow. As ever, come along and say hello if you’re free! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #wetplate #ambrotype #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #northberwick

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-06-17 10:03:39

Eat Sleep Lifeboat Repeat: After a couple of days in the epic surroundings of South Queensferry, it’s time to move on to another magnificent spot — North Berwick where I’ll be working tomorrow. Come and say hello if you’re passing! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #rnliheritage #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #heritage #scotland #southqueensferry #queensferry #forthbridge #eatsleeplifeboatrepeat

Jack Lowe
(@lordlowe)

2019-06-16 16:39:56

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