The Lifeboat Station Project
JACK Lowe, a Newcastle-based photographer will shortly be setting off on the start of The Lifeboat Station Project – an epic tour of all 237 RNLI Lifeboat Stations in Britain and Ireland in which Jack will create an unprecedented photographic documentation, encapsulating a vital aspect of our island nation’s culture.
Jack recently visited Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station for a ‘dress rehearsal’, before heading to East Anglia for his first photoshoots.
Using an early Victorian process — known as Wet Plate Collodion — Jack will craft unique photographs on glass, capturing the view from each station and the waters protected by the RNLI crews.
Each glass plate — known as an Ambrotype — will be a beautiful standalone artwork. However, the true glory of such an endeavour will be realised in bringing all 237 plates together into one exhibition.
Jack’s intention is to create a show whereby each glass plate is hung geographically in order around a huge room. As the audience stands in the middle of the venue and looks around, the sensation of seeing the entire coastline of the British Isles captured on glass will be extraordinary.
Jack has been a lifelong enthusiast and supporter of the RNLI, joining Storm Force at the age of 8 and raising over £6,000 for the charity by completing the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Great North Runs.
Photography has also been in Jack’s blood since he was a young boy. Aged 9, he received a Kodak Instamatic camera from his grandmother, a turning point from which he’s never looked back.
Nowadays, travelling in his mobile darkroom (a former ambulance), Jack uses an ancient process to make photographs on glass and metal as the Victorians used to between the 1850s and 1880s.
In creating The Lifeboat Station Project, Jack is bringing together his love of photography, the sea and the RNLI to produce a stunning, unprecedented body of work.
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