Let's Explore Empowerment with Jack Lowe
The Lifeboat Station Project
I never embarked in any one thing to which I have
so entirely devoted myself…
…and to which I have devoted so much time, thought, and labour, and on the success of which I have staked so much reputation, and to which I have so largely committed myself and those who were disposed to place faith in me.” ~ Isambard Kingdom Brunel
When I was a young boy, there was one question that adults always used to ask me: “What are you going to do when you grow up?” I always felt under pressure to have an answer ready; and not just any old answer, but a good one. In fact, I had known just what I wanted to be from the age of eight: a photographer. The trouble was that this response never seemed to align with the adults’ expectations.
Jack Lowe is a documentarist using photography, audio recordings and film to make and share the story of The Lifeboat Station Project, his 8 year journey to all 238 RNLI lifeboat stations on the coast of the UK and Ireland. Jack photographs and interviews the lifeboat volunteers he meets along the way but there’s a twist! Travelling in his mobile darkroom — a decommissioned ambulance called Neena — Jack uses Victorian photographic techniques to hand-make the images on glass. Head to lifeboatstationproject.com to see hundreds of photographs made over the years and to find out how you can get behind the rest of his odyssey.
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Experience all that my odyssey has to offer, with the added bonus of pledges going directly into funding the project rather than paying for big tech: The LSP Society.
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