#Lifeboatstationproject Instagram Photos & Videos

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2 days ago

Big thanks to @lordlowe for tagging us in this. Putting our A2-sized corrugated envelopes to the test. Check out his stunning ocean inspired photography and help support the #LifeboatStationProject @rnli ⁣ ⁣__________________⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Print, sign, pack, repeat: Still up to my eyes with printing! After the success of the calendar envelopes, I’ve switched to @lilpackaging for my print envelopes too. Looking very smart with a tear-to-open strip and they’re even FSC Certified.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣First shipments on their way! More leaving here over the coming week or two.

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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

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4 days ago

Print, sign, pack, repeat: Still up to my eyes with printing! After the success of the calendar envelopes, I’ve switched to @lilpackaging for my print envelopes too. Looking very smart with a tear-to-open strip and they’re even FSC Certified. First shipments on their way! More leaving here over the coming week or two. #lifeboatstationproject #lilpackaging #packaging #printpacksignrepeat

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4 days ago

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

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5 days ago

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

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6 days ago

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

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1 weeks ago

‪A happy memory from last year...chatting to Coxswain Andrew Murray after returning from exercise with @invergordonrnli Photograph by Michael MacDonald. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp15 #rnli #sar #lifeboat #scotland #invergordon

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2 weeks ago

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

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2 weeks ago

Eva Hart was one of the most outspoken survivors concerning the Titanic's lack of sufficient lifeboats and of any salvage attempts of the Titanic after its discovery in 1985. She lived for many years in Chadwell Heath in London and died in 1996. #agirl #titanicedit #boatsandhoes #lifeboatstationproject #browndoor #whitewindow

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2 weeks ago

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

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2 weeks ago

‪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

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3 weeks ago

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

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3 weeks ago

#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

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4 weeks ago

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

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4 weeks ago

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

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4 weeks ago

Fact Friday Richard Matthew Evans (Dic Evans ) was a lifeboatman from Moelfre. He was involved in 179 launches and the saving of 281 lives during his 50 years service and is one of only 5 men to be awarded the RNLI gold medal, the highest accolade awarded by the institution and the equivalent of the Victoria Cross for bravery at sea. You can see his bronze sculpture near the Moelfre Lifeboat Station. *Moelfre Lifeboat Day is 3rd August* a great day to visit and take in some local history. http://www.boltholesandhideaways.co.uk/

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4 weeks ago

Life-saving legacy: Businessman Richard Colton left an extraordinary legacy to the RNLI of two of the world’s rarest Ferraris. Link in bio⁠ ⁠ #lifeboats #lifeboat #lifeboatstationproject #lifeboatstation #lifeboatcrew #Ferrari250GT #RNLI

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4 weeks ago

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

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4 weeks ago

Just got another awesome @lordlowe print. Straight down to the framers tomorrow. I recommend that all my friends get one (there are lots of amazing images to chose from ). There’s other good stuff too. You’ll be supporting a great project and getting a beautiful piece of art. #lifeboatstationproject https://lifeboatstationproject.com/

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4 weeks ago

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

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5 weeks ago

It's Beaumaris Lifeboat Day today. A fantastic day - allowing us all to show our return support to an amazing charity that is always there for us. We hope you'll be there today. . A throw back to April when @lordlowe visited Beaumaris Lifeboat Station as part of his 8 year project photographing the crews. . This is my husband, one of the helms, having his photograph taken using an 1860's process on glass plates - using a 1906 camera.... developed on site in a converted ambulance....honestly! We just love this whole project. Have a look at https://lifeboatstationproject.com/ to learn about Jack's incredible journey.

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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

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#Repost @lordlowe with @get_repost ・・・ Geography Lesson: There’s an aspect to the project that I really enjoy, a dimension that was unforeseen at the start: being on certain stretches of coastline where I can see what’s been, what’s to come or sometimes both. And June’s mission around the Forth coastline was fantastic. I could always (just about ) see the mission that lay ahead as well where I’d been already. In this photograph from @rnli_kinghorn , we’re looking south and a little bit east. @rnli_anstruther is to our left, @rnliqueensferry to our right and, on the far shoreline (in the far distance to the left, just out of shot ) is North Berwick. To the right you can see Inchkeith, the island I kayaked to earlier that day. There’s one final detail to look out for in this photograph — that’s the lifeboat crew out on the first of two shouts that evening. As you can see, the shore crew are on the beach, the submersible launch tractor’s in the sea and the lifeboat’s already powering off at over 30 knots to the casualty. All turned out well. Phew...quite a lot of information for one photograph! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #fife #forthofforth #scotland #kinghorn #outonashout #sunset #islomania

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Geography Lesson: There’s an aspect to the project that I really enjoy, a dimension that was unforeseen at the start: being on certain stretches of coastline where I can see what’s been, what’s to come or sometimes both. @whitstablelifeboat was a great example in September last year, looking north across the Thames Estuary towards the Essex coastline that I photographed in 2015. And June’s mission around the Forth coastline was fantastic. I could always (just about ) see the mission that lay ahead as well where I’d been already. In this photograph from @rnli_kinghorn , we’re looking south and a little bit east. @rnli_anstruther is to our left, @rnliqueensferry to our right and, on the far shoreline (in the far distance to the left, just out of shot ) is North Berwick. To the right you can see Inchkeith, the island I kayaked to earlier that day. As an aside, a few posts ago I wrote, “When I see an island on my travels, I find it hard to resist kayaking to it.” Well, I’ve just found out from @robgmacfarlane on Twitter that there’s a word for that level of fascination: “islomania”. Good, eh? There’s one final detail to look out for in this photograph — that’s the lifeboat crew out on the first of two shouts that evening. As you can see, the shore crew are on the beach, the submersible launch tractor’s in the sea and the lifeboat’s already powering off at over 30 knots to the casualty. All turned out well. Phew...quite a lot of information for one photograph! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #fife #forthofforth #scotland #kinghorn #outonashout #sunset #islomania

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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

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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

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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

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📶🆙 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

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At Dunbar harbour with another #wetplatecollodion portrait being taken by @lordlowe for the Lifeboat Station Project. 20/06/2019. https://lifeboatstationproject.com/ #RNLI #rnliwomen #lifeboatstationproject #lifeboat #dunbarharbour #dunbar #dunbarlifeboat #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #wearecanister #canistercameraclub

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At Dunbar harbour with another #wetplatecollodion portrait being taken by @lordlowe for the Lifeboat Station Project. 20/06/2019. https://lifeboatstationproject.com/ #RNLI #lifeboatstationproject #lifeboat #dunbarharbour #dunbar #dunbarlifeboat #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #wearecanister #canistercameraclub

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Eyemouth harbour with the RNLI lifeboat crew going down to have their photograph taken by @lordlowe for the Lifeboat Station Project. 22/06/2019. https://lifeboatstationproject.com/ #RNLI #lifeboatstationproject #lifeboat #eyemouthharbour #eyemouth #eyemouthlifeboat #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #wearecanister #canistercameraclub

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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

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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

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That’s a wrap! It’s been an intense, exciting, fulfilling and heartwarming final few days on Mission 18. Even though this was a purposefully shorter leg of the journey closer to home, somehow it felt as full-on as any other. This big ol’ project of mine seems to be clicking into a higher gear. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the hundreds of people who’ve made themselves available, supported me and helped to spread the word over the last two weeks and enabled us to make yet more beautiful work together. This really is our own excellent good news story. There’s lots to share with you over the coming days and weeks — as ever, stay tuned! #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #rnli #sar #lifeboat #maritime #nautical #scotland

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In North Berwick watching Jack Lowe of The Lifeboat Project at work. Photographing at the RNLI station here with his Edwardian camera and using wet plate collodion on glass plates. #lordlowe #lifeboatstationproject #RNLI #northberwick #photographyproject #wetplatecollodion #wetplatephotography #ambrotype #12x10

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In North Berwick watching Jack Lowe of The Lifeboat Project at work. Photographing at the RNLI station here with his Edwardian camera and using wet plate collodion glass plates. #lordlowe #lifeboatstationproject #RNLI #northberwick #photographyproject #wetplatecollodion #wetplatephotography

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June 2019

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

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June 2019

@rnliqueensferry crew Photo credit @lordlowe for the #LifeboatStationProject

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June 2019

We had a visit from @lordlowe at the station today as part of the lifeboat station project. He’s travelling the country making photographs using by 10x12 glass plates. #lifeboatstationproject #lifeboats #photography #glassplatephotos

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June 2019

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

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June 2019

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

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June 2019

Driving done, Coxswain met, meal had, glass polished, tracking numbers emailed, eyes closed. #lifeboatstationproject #lsp18 #scotland #anstruther #lighthouse #harbour

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June 2019

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

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June 2019

"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

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June 2019

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

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June 2019

📷 C R E W P O R T R A I T 📷 • The crew pic, perfect timing for high tide as we returned from a service call. To follow Jacks incredible journey you can here @lordlowe 😊 • • #lifeboatstationproject #lsphalfway #lsp16 #volunteer #crew #portrait #wetplate #ambrotype #victorian #photography #nautical #heratige #doverlifeboat #rnlifamily #lifeboatstation

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June 2019

🛠 N E E N A 🛠 • The Mechanics cap resting on @lordlowe Neena’s wing mirror last year during the visit and halfway mark of the Lifeboat Station Project 📷 • • #lsp16 #lsphalfway #lifeboatstationproject #rnli #dover #lifeboat #kent #kentcoast #mechanic #cap #neenaspotting #ambulance #mobiledarkroom #wetplate #ambrotype #photography #september #2018 #imperioussevern

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June 2019

📷 P O R T R A I T 📷 • @lordlowe magnificently captured a few seconds of my life using Victorian wetplate photography techniques last year at the projects official halfway mark 😊 • • #lifeboatstationproject #lsphalfway #lsp16 #rnli #dover #lifeboat #kent #kentcoast #wetplate #ambrotype #halfway #portrait #historic #victorian #photography #volunteer #crew #navigator #savinglivesatsea #whitecliffsofdover

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May 2019

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

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May 2019

Llandudno Lifeboat Mechanics @rnli @lordlowe #lifeboatstationproject

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May 2019

The Beaumaris Lifeboat Helms as captured by the fantastic talents of Jack and the Lifeboat Station Project. I am immensely proud to stand amongst these people and feel honoured to serve alongside the rest of our excellent Lifeboat Crew. @projectlifeboat @beaumaris_rnli @rnli #lifeboat #lifeboatstationproject #savinglivesatsea @connormccarron @guy williams.1401 @leighton jones43 @blackwell paul @mark76800 @richard williamsbulkeley.5

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May 2019

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

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